SDCC 2010: Larry Hama’s Silence is Deadly in G.I. Joe Origins

1984's G.I. Joe #21, is actually a few months older than yours (mostly) truly. But it's still talked about, and still stands as a landmark issue. Why? Because it's the legendary silent issue. And Larry Hama and Steve Leialoha nailed it. 

This September, Hama pens a new silent issue for IDW's G.I. Joe: Origins. Issue #19 of the series focuses on another wordless adventure for, you guessed it, Snake Eyes! The issue will be drawn by Superman/Batman artist Joe Benitez, who once did a Zatanna sketch for me.   
”One of the first things I wanted to do as a G.I. JOE editor was revisit the silent issue. It’s just too fun not to do again,” said editor Andy Schmidt. “This time we brought on the incredibly talented and dynamic artist Joe Benitez to punch it up and hit it out of the park!”
IDW will also release a special reprint of that original silent issue with a cover recreation by Ashley Wood. Each issue will be signed by Writer/artist Larry Hama. 
Then in October, Stray Bullets scribe David Lapham takes up the reins of G.I. Origins for a new story line called "Sedition by Numbers." The story focuses on the inner workings of COBRA, specifically their recruitment process. Artist Werther DellEdera handles the art. 
G.I. Joe: Origins #19 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in-stores on September 8, 2010. Diamond order code JUL10 0298.
G.I. Joe: Origins #20 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in-stores in October. Diamond order code AUG10.


  1. Awesome. G.I. Joe #21 (the original silent issue) is one of my favorite issues of all time.  I’m glad Mr. Hama gets another chance to display his skill.

  2. I’m really surprised they didn’t wait two more issues to do this. 

  3. @Nate – Me, too.

  4. I read an article a few years ago that was looking back at the G.I. Joe series. They interviewed Larry Hama and some of the editors. The amazing thing was the fact that they didn’t mean to do a silent issue. They ran out of time and shipped it without getting lettered.

    I assume they looked at it and made a conscious decision that they didn’t need to delay the book to add the lettering, but it was still unplanned.