|11-13-2008, 02:36 PM||#21|
Bridge Layer Driver
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ft. Wadsworth
Mail-in coupons for the Duke figure first started circulating around in the summer of 1983....a few months before the cartoon premiered. At the time, GI Joe #16 was on the racks (roughly June/July 1983) with the teaser of "someone will DIE in the Night Attack!" Since Hawk was shot in that issue, a lot of us felt that Hawk was being killed off for this new "First Sergeant", Duke.
Duke got his first big push in the cartoon, in September 1983. Hawk was not seen or mentioned in the cartoon, so it torqued me off that his new whippersnapper was essentially given the role of "Hawk". Although Stalker still seemed to be a field leader of sorts in the first cartoon.
Over in the comics, Stalker had clearly been the #2 guy to Hawk since the series began. When Duke came along in issue 22, Stalker was still around, but didn't receive as much of a "push" as Duke did.
Duke was the "first shirt" from issue 22 until issue 33. In issue 33, he received "field command" of the team, since Hawk was being promoted to a full general. Basically, Hawk took over General Flagg's old spot and reported to General Austin (Flagg's old boss).
This arrangement didn't last long, though. Maybe two weeks in "comic time". In issue 42, General Austin had heart problems and had to retire. Hawk was suddenly a general and returned to full-time "field command" as well. He came back in issue 46 when he returned to the Pit with the news (and a new bomber jacket that would become his trademark). Hawk would report to General Hollingsworth for the rest of the book's life. No mention was made of Duke's de-emphasized status, as he soon disappeared. Duke didn't appear much for the rest of the series, but he was still the "first shirt". He typically popped up when the team ran big missions: like the Cobra Civil War or the Springfield invasion.
Stalker seemed to maintain his importance--- as far as chain of command was concerned-- throughout the series. He seemed to be Hawk's go-to guy.
Fun Fact for us Duke Bashers: during Duke's brief comic tenure as "field commander", Cobra created their own country and discovered the location of the Pit. A less-than-stellar track record.
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|11-13-2008, 03:07 PM||#22|
I Ride with Claymore!!!
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Duke was the worst in the Comic.
Why aren't there more Joes from the Deep South?
And would it kill Hasbro to give us a Marine Corps Officer?
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