This epic series focused on an elite group of special forces known
as "G.I. Joe," spearheaded by Duke [Michael Bell] and Gen. Hawk
[Ed Gilbert], a highly trained and diverse army with vast technology
and global reach. Their mission was to put an end to Cobra, a terrorist
organization headed by raspy-voiced tryant Cobra Commander [Chris
Latta], whose mission was world domination through force.
five part mini-series known as "G.I. Joe - A Real American
Hero" ran in syndication from September 12, 1983 to September
16, 1983. Introducing the plot and characters for the first time
ever - the series followed the Joe's exploits in racing around the
world to thwart Cobra's usage of a stolen satellite to be used for
teleporting resources from place to place, with thier M.A.S.S. device.
With plans of building their own device, the Joes seek to recover
three rare natural elements in time to foil Cobra.
the mini-series came the weekly syndicated after-school favorite,
which ran for four healthy seasons from September 10, 1984 to November
20, 1986. It debuted with the five part series entitled "The
Pyramid of Darkness." Utilizing a massive list of characters
each with their own military speciality, skills, weapons and personalities,
the Joes fought a seemingly neverending battle against world domination-minded
Cobra Commander, Destro, and eventually the Dr. Mindbender's genetic
frankenstein known as Serpentor. Episdoes of G.I. Joe closed with
a quick lesson, featured by one of the Joes, that taught kids various
tips in safety. Once the kid would state "and now I know!"
the G.I. Joe member would follow up with "...and knowing's
half the battle!"
the heyday of the series to its climax in 1986, G.I. Joe: The Movie
involves Cobra's intentions to use a Broadcast Energy Transmitter
to destroy human life and prepare the planet for rule by the underground
serpent people - a feat not unsurpassed by the valiant G.I. Joe
force. The movie brought about a different era for the cartoon series
afterards, ultimately resulting in its demise as an executive decision
was made, several years later, to drop Sunbow and hire DiC to continue
the series in 1989. That particular season resulted in a noticeable
change in character mannerisms, writers' style, and even animation
released the DVD series of "GI Joe: A Real American Hero"