Sunday, 26 February 2017

Big Jim's P.A.C.K.



Remember this ad? And this one?


'Course you do. Big Jim's P.A.C.K. was all over the Bronze Age, complete with character designs by Kirby. And there was an actual comic to go with it.
Big Jim's P.A.C.K. #1 came free with some of the toys, and though the script is functional at best, with Jim and his gang stopping every few panels to extol the virtue of their latest clip-on attachment, available at the same store you bought this, the art... well the art would appear to be by John Buscema & Joe Sinnott. And we don't really need to say any more than that. AAAAAARRRROOOOOOO!!!!!!





















10 comments:

  1. I remember that ad!
    Had G.I. Joes, Micronauts, and a bunch of other stuff, but not these guys. I sure would have liked to get my sticky little mitts on the P.A.C.K. and send them into action.
    That Kirby-style ad really put the hook in me.

    M.P.

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  3. What a fun treat. John Buscema doing a toy comic is always a bonus! Some of the best artists have done toy comics, whether they be one shots or regular series: Jack Kirby (Super Powers); Curt Swan (M.A.S.K. and Masters of the Universe); Gil Kane (Micronauts and Captain Action); Wally Wood (Captain Action); Sal Buscema (Rom); George Tuska (Masters of the Universe); Steve Ditko (Rom); Russ Heath (G. I. Joe); Herb Trimpe (G. I. Joe); and many more I cannot recall. On the actual Big Jim comic itself, the inks may have been by Dave Hunt though I'm not sure. Personally, many of thees toy comics deserve a second look even though quite a few are past the Bronze Age.

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  4. I actually had most of these figure. Just didn't stick around long enough for Torpedo (or the Buscema comic book). Growing up, I had the Big Jim figures instead of GI Joes, so these were really the last action figures I ever got. I remember the Kirby ad. I wasn't sure if it was him at the time, but knew if it wasn't, it was someone trying to imitate his style.

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  5. I always thought it was Leiber, or an anonymous staffer tracing over a Kirby rough. Not sure about Dave Hunt there, Neil, tho' I can see the resemblance. Still plumping for Joe.

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  6. Inks on the comic look like Sinnott to me too, not Hunt, FWIW -- the texture on that breaking log are a dead giveaway, plus the wrinkles on the clothes

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  7. I though the first advert was by Leiber or Kirby as well - Joe Sinnot is credited as the inker on Comic Vine (no idea if thats an authority on this type of thing or not)- first time I have seen the Buscema comic it looks petty good (never seen the toy in the shops was it just available in US / Canada?)

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  8. "Warpath wears the hard hat... Dr Steel puts on the biker/fire fighter outfit..."
    Those P.A.C.K fellas were a bit Village People weren't they?
    You gotta wonder what Big Jim was really searching for...

    -sean

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  9. Sean, they were searching for justice, on a mission to destroy crime and terrorism!
    Whatever they did during the off-hours was their own business.


    M.P.

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  10. Dunno MP - Big Jim's angry eyes and savage scowl suggest he needed to find a better way of dealing with all that rage.
    And don't get me started on Whip...

    -sean

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