Monday, June 18, 2012

Yo, Joe!!! G.I. Joe in the TVCU


Listen up, soldiers!  Sergeant Skibob here.  Today's blog is going to cover one of my favorite cartoons, comics, and toys of my childhood.  And yes, all three of those are part of the TVCU. At ease, and enjoy.

480 B.C.--G.I. JOE # 49--"Serpentor"--Xerxes I gives a speech that later is recalled by Serpentor, who has Xerxes' DNA.  Xerxes has also appeared in XENA, WARRIOR PRINCESS and SOUTH PARK.

382 B.C. to 336 B.C.--G.I. JOE:  DEVIL'S DUE # 24--Life of Philip II, king of Macedonia.  His DNA will later be used to create Serpentor.

356 B.C. to 323 B.C.--G.I. JOE CARTOON/COMIC--Life of Alexander the Great, whose DNA will later be used to create Serpentor.  Alexander the Great was also seen in GOLIATH AND THE REBEL SLAVE.

247 B.C. to 183 B.C.--SERPENTOR'S FILECARD--Life of Hannibal, whose DNA is used to create Serpentor.  Hannibal also appeared in CABRIA.

100 B.C. to 44 B.C.--G.I. JOE # 50 & 73/YEARBOOK # 3/SERPENTOR'S FILECARD--"The Battle of Springfield/Divided We Fall/My Dinner with Serpentor"--Life of Julius Caesar, whose DNA will be used to create Serpentor.  Julius Caesar has also appeared in THE ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, BEWITCHED, HERCULES:  THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS, RELIC HUNTER, XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS, and CARMEN SANDIEGO'S GREAT CHASE THROUGH TIME.

440 to 453--SERPENTOR'S FILECARD--Life of Attila the Hun, whose DNA is later used to create Serpentor.  Attila also appears in THE MONKEES, THE MASK, and FUTURAMA.

1028 to 1087--G.I. JOE # 76--"All's Fair"--Life of William the Conqueror, whose DNA will be used to create Serpentor.  William also appeared in CARMEN SANDIEGO'S GREAT CHASE THROUGH TIME.

1167 to 1227--G.I. JOE # 49 & 73--"Serpentor/Divided We Fall"--Life of Genghis Khan, whose DNA will be used to create Serpentor.  Genghis Khan also appeared in HERCULES AGAINST THE BARBARIANS, STAR TREK, SATURDAY THE 14TH STRIKES BACK, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, THE SIMPSONS, and MARSHALL LAW.

1428 to 1976--DARK PRINCE:  THE TRUE STORY OF DRACULA--There are many versions of Dracula in film, but this one has the same actor who would play him in the Buffy series, so this is actually a crossover.

December 1476--DOC SAVAGE:  HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE/G.I. JOE:  DEVIL'S DUE # 24--Dracula is turned into a vampire.  Despite this, there are many times when Dracula lies dormant in his coffin, in such a deep slumber, he seems dead, and often if made catatonic by a stake in his heart.  This happened to be the case during the events in which Serpentor was created, as Cobra agents were able to obtain Dracula's DNA.  See my Dracula blog for more on Dracula's other TVCU appearances.

1530 to 1584--G.I. JOE:  DEVIL'S DUE # 24--Life of Ivan the Terrible, whose DNA was later used to create Serpentor.  

1640s--DESTRO'S SECOND FILECARD--A member of the Destro clan sells weapons to both sides and as punishment is forced to wear a steel mask.

1752--G.I. JOE # 57--"Strange Bedfellows"--James McCullen Destro founds MARS (Military Armaments Research Syndicate).

1769 to 1821--G.I. JOE # 50 & 73/SERPENTOR'S FILECARD--"The Battle of Springfield/Divided We Fall"--Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose DNA will be used to create Serpentor.  Napoleon also appeared in THE AVENGERS, THE TIME TUNNEL, I DREAM OF JEANNIE, THE PRISONER, BEWITCHED, TIME BANDITS, BILL & TED''S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and BLACKADDER BACK & FORTH.

1930s--JUDGEMENT DAY SOURCEBOOK--From Matt Hickman: Here's one that's probaly not A crossover but there's no reason it can't be it The Judgment Day Sourcebook The Fog,John Prophet, And The Phantom AviatorJust finishedlFighting A villain Called Dr. Lucifer then the Castle blows up seemingly killing The fog and John Prophet This story is set in the 30's anyhow to my point in the G.i. Joe episode Cobra's Creatures Cobra teams up to contral Anamils witrh the help of A Dr. Lucifer Who is an older Man Snice in the Jugement day story we never actally See him there's no reason they can't be the same guy

World War II--THE WALTONS--"The Starlet"--The real original G.I. Joe, predating Colton, appears in a documentary film.

World War II--THE BRIDGE--The first G.I. Joe leads American troops against the Nazis.

August 27, 1948--Birth of Robert O'Connell, who will later change his name to Robert Remus.  His father is Alexander O'Connell and his grandparents are Richard and Evelyn O'Connell.

November 1963--G.I. JOE # 152--"...Just Fade Away"--The formation of the first G.I. Joe team.  Joe Colton is given the code name of G.I. Joe.

1969--G.I. JOE # 127--"Playing with the Big Boys!"--Colton retires from the military, but continues a life of adventure.

1969 To 2015--Rowdy Roddy Piper Works has a Pro Wrestler  He's Also a cousins with Destro  and Trains his Iron Grenadier army.

1970--G.I. JOE ADVENTURE TEAM--Colton joins an Adventure Team.

1975--SUPERCOCK--In the Phillipines, a man known only as "G.I. Joe" appears and participates in the world of cock fighting.

1975--HASBRO TOYS--Atomic Man joins the Super Adventure Team.

1976--Bulletman joins the Super Adventure Team.

1977--G.I. JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS:  BLACK HORIZON--Cobra imprisons Joe Colton.

1978--G.I. JOE # 1 & 27--"Operation: Lady Doomsday/Snake-Eyes:  the Origin"--G.I. Joe is reformed.  Matt Hickman adds:  So G.I. Joe's official name is Special Counter-Terrorist Unit Delta so I suppose one could Make the argument at All appearances By Delta Force in fiction Are the G.I. Joe Team

December 1979--GODZILLA--"Island of Doom"--From Salvatore Cucinotta: "Cobra" appeared in the 70s Godzilla cartoon from Hanna Barbera. The episode is "The Island of Doom".

Late 1970s to present --WWF WRESTLING--Robert Remus, code name Sgt. Slaughter, is a professional wrestler when not training Joes.  (ROCKY Balboa also trains Joes as part of his Reserves duties when not boxing.)  Note that during wrestling events, Slaughter proudly proclaims his status as a member of G.I. Joe.

Sometime in the 80's Sgt Slaughter and his Battling Battlion have a tug of Warr with Bigfoot

The Mid 80's--Youngblood Genesis #1 --The Government Super Hero Team Young Blood  and The Supervillain Team the Four has Access to G.I. Joe and Cobra Tech

1981-- GI JOE: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man. G.I. Joe Teams up with Steve Austin the 6 Million Dollar man 

sometime before 1985-- Super Mario Brother Super Show "All Steamed up"--Sgt. Slaughter Meets the Super Mario Brothers.

Sometime before 1985-- Super Mario Brother Super Show" Rowdy Roddys Rotten Pipes--Rowdy Roddy Piper Meets the Super Mario Brothers

1985--ATOMIC ROBO VOLUME 1 # 5--From Ted Gregory: Possibly relevant: According to the TvTropes article on Atomic Robo, "In vol. 1, issue #5, Robo has a one-panel flashback to his last encounter with Heisengard, in 1985 France. In that flashback, he and his three Action Scientists are dressed like members of the G.I. Joe team; Robo has Chuckles's outfit on, while he's apparently got Roadblock, Scarlett, and Bazooka with him."

October 1985--G.I. JOE--"Twenty Questions"--The first appearance of the character Hector Ramirez, a TV journalist lacking in integrity.  Ramirez also appears in THE TRANSFORMERS, JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, INHUMANOIDS, and TRANSFORMERS 2010, as well as the Devil's Due G.I. Joe comic, where he is killed by Cobra in # 40 for bringing sensitive information to Joe Colton.  It should be noted that Ramirez is meant to be Geraldo Rivera, and I agree, which of course means that Geraldo was killed in the TVCU in 2005!!!  I don't buy it though, and think he must have survived.  Geraldo has also appeared as the fictional TVCU Geraldo in SAIL TO THE CENTURY, ALL ABOUT STEVE, THE MIRACLE OF SPANISH HARLEM, THIRTYSOMETHING, HARD TO KILL, EMPTY NEST, NURSES, THE CRITIC, GRUMPIER OLD MEN, MEET WALLY SPARKS, CONTACT, COP LAND, MEN BEHAVING BADLY, NASH BRIDGES, PRIMARY COLORS, SEINFELD, HEARTLAND, THE SOPRANOS, and MY NAME IS EARL.

What secrets lie within Al Capone's vault? Certainly not a couch.Hector in G.I. Joe, Transformers, Inhumanoids and Jem. So far, no known My Little Pony appearances.

December 1985--G.I. JOE--"There's No Place Like Springfield"--Shipwreck is trapped in a town called Springfield that is on an island that is actually run by Cobra.  Cobra has obvious knowledge of the Village as the entire town is a near duplicate in appearance and methods.

1986--G.I. JOE AND THE TRANSFORMERS--Cobra forms an alliance with the Decepticons, but turns out, the Decepticons were being deceptive.  Really, Cobra Commander?  Didn't see that coming? It's even in their name.  So then Cobra turns to G.I. Joe and the Autobots to stop the Decepticons from destroying Earth.

January 1987-G.I. Joe Order of Battle--Boxing Champion Rocky Balboa joins G.I. Joe

June 1987--ACTION FORCE # 17--"Meditations in Red"--Action Force is a special branch of G.I. Joe.  In this issue, Quick Kick is remembering his mentor, SHANG CHI, MASTER OF KUNG FU.  Shang Chi is also the son of FU MANCHU.  Also mentioned are ELEKTRA, IRON FIST, and Batroc the Leaper.  Batroc, as a villain, does not bring in every story he's been featured in.  Iron Fist (and Power Man) are part of the TVCU.  Elektra's TVCU life must have gone a bit differently, since the TVCU DAREDEVIL made his debut in 1979 rather than the 1960s.  He is depicted in the TV Movie TRIAL OF THE INCREDIBLE HULK.

August 1987--ACTION FORCE # 24 TO 27--Once more the Joes team up with the Autobots against the Decepticons.

Action Force 24

1991--G.I. VOLUME 1 #114--Metal-Head's made by Stark  Inc.

1994--Street Fighter X G.I. Joe--Shadaloo and M.A.R.S. Hold a Fight Tournament to lure the World Warriors and G.I. Joe into a Trap

December 1994--BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER--"The Wish"--Anyaka, a wish demon, comes to Sunnydale, where she grants Cordelia Chase's wish that Buffy Summers had never come to Sunnydale.  The alternate reality seen is possibly the mirroruniverse.  These same events occur four years later in the TVCU2 and its Mirror Universe.  Just FYI, the mirror universe is where Buffy never came to sunnydale and where George bailey had never been born. I think there enough others (trek, hercules, charmed, g.I. Joe, super friends to name a few) that it might deserve it's own blog.

1996--RESIDENT EVIL 2--Night Hawk/Lone Wolf is a pilot working for the Umbrella Corporation.  Note that the initial Resident Evil saga starts in the TVCU in Raccoon City.  The later portions in which the virus has spread world wide actually take place in the divergent Zombieland timeline that would have resulted in the 21st century if it had not been diverted by the Winchesters.


1998-ish?--DANGER GIRL/G.I. JOE-- When Scarlett it Captured the Joes Team up with Team Danger girl to Save her (thou Published by IDW it's clearly set in the classic canon) 2000--G.I. JOE VOLUME 2 #1--"Reinstated!"--The G.I. Joe team is reinstated.

May 2005--FAMILY GUY--"North by North Quahog"--Flint happens to be at the dance at James Woods High School in Quahog when he overhears kids drinking in the restroom and intervenes.

2006--G.I. JOE EXTREME--Lt. Stone becomes field leader of G.I. Joe.  Stone is the son of Sgt. Slaughter.  G.I. Joe Battles SKAR  

2006--G.I. JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS:  THE ART OF WAR--A new foe seems to have all the combined memories of Serpentor and Megatron.

Son of Megatron, the sequel

2007--G.I. JOE VS. THE TRANSFORMERS:  BLACK HORIZON--Colton is rescued from his prison in Cobra-La, which must really be Shangra-La from LOST HORIZON.

2008--All-Pro Football 2K8--  this Video game is about the fictional All-Pro Football 2K8 one of the teams is the Carolina Cobras who play The Extensive Enterprises Stadium. Extensive Enterprises is the Name of Tomax and Xamot company. The Game also includes crossover references to DiMeo Crime Family from the Spranos,G. L. Costanza from Seinfeld, Janet Van Dyne who is the Marvel Superheroine the Wasp,Wolfram & Hart from Angel and The Miller Gold Agency from Entourage.

Late September 2008--HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER--"The Best Burger in New York"--Your uncle Toby points out that Regis Philbin appears in this episode as himself.  Using his rule called "the League of Themselves", which he discusses here, this connects HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER to other shows such as "All My Children", "One Life to Live", "Primetime Glick", "The Famous Jett Jackson", "LateLine", "Caroline in the City", "Style and Substance", "Second Noah", "Soul Man", Marry Me (1997 TV movie), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Hope & Gloria", "Women of the House", "The Cosby Mysteries", "The Larry Sanders Show", "Seinfeld", "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues", "Mad About You", "Number 96", "Spin City", "Lilo & Stitch: The Series", "The Simpsons", and "Family Guy".  This episode is also the first appearance of Goliath National Bank.  Your uncle James has provided me with this info:  So, make of this How I Met Your Mother theory what you will, but TVTropes argues that the company Barney works for--Altrucell--is actually a front for COBRA.

From TVTropes:
Think about it: what do we know about the company Barney works for?
• They spend a lot of time acquiring banks, and theoretically, have a lot of bankers/financiers working with them
• They're evil
• They regularly get attacked by ninjas
• They have destabilized at least one nation
• They regularly do business with countries the U.S. considers threats (North Korea and China, at least.)
Sounds a lot like COBRA to me.

That same day that your uncle James told me this, I got an e-mail from COBRA INSURANCE.  Cobra has many fronts, including Extensive Enterprises. There's also these: Fronts
To hide certain aspects of its operation, Cobra maintains a number of legitimate business fronts (in addition to the town of Springfield itself and its encompassing businesses) nearly all of which appear to be anagrams of the word "cobra".
Naja Trading Corp and its likely subsidiary, "Naja Hanna Video Corp", is the first of these fronts to appear in the comics. It has offices in both San Francisco as well as Rio Lindo in the Republic of Sierra Gordo. Cobra used it to smuggle MX missile guidance chips out of the country inside video games. Dr. Venom was in charge of the Rio Lindo office. "Naja Hanna" is Hindi for "King Cobra".[5]
Arbco (AKA ARBco Regional) is the largest and most prominent Cobra front in the Marvel RAH comics. Although it apparently started in Springfield, it grew to have offices in at least 10 major U.S. cities including Denver.
Arbco Furniture Company: Cobra maintained a secret testing lab within for a deadly plague toxin in Springfield, Vermont.[6]
Arbco Moving & Storage (AKA Arbco Moving): Cobra uses moving trucks with "Arbco" stamped on the sides to transport H.I.S.S. tanks covertly into Washington D.C. for an attack on the U.S. Treasury.[7] They were also used to transport sensitive spy equipment for reassigned undercover Crimson Guardsmen.[8] Cobra Commander maintains a mobile office in an Arbco Moving truck.[9]
Arbco Bros. Circus: Billy learned that Cobra uses the circus as a cover to transport HISS tanks and FANG copters (mistakenly referred to as "SNAP copters") around the country.[8]
Carbo Plumbing: A surveillance team of Tele-Vipers eavesdrop on a military inquest from a plumbing van outside the Pentagon.[10]
Robca Realty
Broca Bros. Carnival
Orbac - Cobra troops were moved into the Safeco Field Stadium in Seattle using trucks with this name on the side.[11] Zartan used an Orbac truck as a mobile HQ as well.[12]
Extensive Enterprises - This global company based out of the twin Enterprise Towers in Enterprise City existed primarily to serve Cobra's administrative needs with Tomax and Xamot as the corporation's CEOs. Its first appearance was in the third G.I. Joe miniseries and then in the regular TV series in the episide "Red Rocket's Glare". Although the company existed primarily in the TV universe, it would later be adapted by Devil's Due for use in the comics continuity as well. In the IDW comic continuity, it is a pre-existing, corrupt multinational firm that is absorbed into Cobra.
M.A.R.S.- Military Armaments Research Systems/Syndicate - a legitimate weapons manufacturing firm headquartered in Callender, Scotland. James McCullen Destro XXIV is the current owner and CEO.

2010--TRANSFORMERS 2010--"The Killing Jar"--It's revealed that Marissa Faireborn is the daughter of G.I. Joe's Flint.  Flint's father was the military leader that first worked with the Autobots when they first came to Earth in the first Transformers series.  Lady Jaye is Marissa's mother.


2010--TRANSFORMERS 2010--"Only Human"--Tired of the Autobots interfering in his operations, a crimelord seeks the aid of Cobra Commander.  Yes, there are Transformers in the TVCU.

Doing a crossover... in style!

November 2011--FAMILY GUY--"Amish Guy"--Flint shows up when Stewie is trying to explain to an Amish kid the concept of G.I. Joe.

2015--WWE Immortals When the Authority Tries To Steal Bray Wyatts Magic Lantern they end up summoning versions WWE Superstars  from other Earths to the TVCU. It's up to the WWE Superstars including G.I. Joe Team Member Sgt Slaughter to send them home to Send them

2020--C.O.P.S.--A new special crime-fighting unit is formed called the Central Organization of Police Specialists.  One member, Checkpoint, is the son of G.I. Joe's Beachhead.

2024-A New Team of Joes is formed to battle a Returning Cobra Commander and a revived  Cobra 


EARTH-616-2--Yeah, or something.  In this reality, G.I. Joe is a team in the late 1930s, which is when the war between Autobots and Decepticons begins.  And Cobra is an independent terrorist group during this era.  This is all seen in TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE from Dreamwave Productions.  The sequel, sen in the same reality, is TRANSFORMERS/G.I. JOE:  DIVIDED FRONT, which is set in the mid 1980s.

Guys, Optimus is behind you.  Now start digging him out, I think he's trapped.

EARTH-PRIME--Steve Colton is a toy come to life in INDIAN IN THE CUPBOARD.

LOONIVERSE--G.I. Joe also exists in this reality as seen in DOLL DAY AFTERNOON.  In SIMPSONS episode "Lisa Vs. Malibu Stacy", the real Malibu Stacy, whom the doll is based off of, has previously dated both Joe Colton (G.I. Joe) and Steve Austin (THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN).  In THE TRUTH ABOUT G.I. JOE, Joe Colton, while waiting for his date at the bar, runs into Ken and Barbie.

ROBOT CHICKEN UNIVERSE--Since it's an 80s toy, Robot Chicken has many appearances of G.I. Joe characters.

SKITLANDIA--G.I. Joe appears in the MAD episode "Pooh Girl/Not-a-Fan-a-Montana". G.I. Joe later fights Cobra ninjas in a 99 cent store run by James Bond in 99 CENT BOND.

TVCU2--This is the divergent timeline of remakes.  This is where the current IDW series is set, because they love to buy our favorite stories just to say they no longer exist.  There have been a few crossovers.  In Infestation, zombies from the universe of ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS are somehow sent through time and space to the 23rd century of the TVCU (STAR TREK) and the present day TVCU2 (G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS, and GHOSTBUSTERS.)  The Universe of CVO is also involved.  Then, in Infestation 2, LOVECRAFTian horrors attack in the present day TVCU2 (G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS) and present day TVCU (TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, DANGER GIRL).

infestation image

WHONIVERSE--This is the reality of G.I. JOE:  THE RISE OF COBRA and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION.  And the Doctor shows up in a prequel comic just to help me find the right place to put this.



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