S-s-season’s greetings-s-s! You better watch out, because today we’re kindly rewinding back to a 1985 Christmas episode of “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero,” entitled “Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town!”
On This Episode
- Mike Westfall (@fallwestmike), rambunctious Navy SEAL looking for a meaningful relationship with a large slab of frozen meat.
- Joey O. (@ImGonnaDJ24), 50-foot-tall wise cracking parrot from Y-Not Radio and Words With Nerds.
Topics and Tangents
- We don’t even get 4 minutes into this without talking about the U.S.S. Flagg.
- Crossfire comes up for no reason.
- A brief history of the G.I. Joe toy line, from “America’s Movable Fighting Man” to the Adventure Team, to “A Real American Hero.”
- “The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix.
- The “opening monologue that explains the show” has nothing on Voltron’s.
- Neil Ross (Shipwreck, Dusty, and Buzzer in this episode) has an audio camero in “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “I Can’t Watch This.”
- Joey’s interviews with Pat Fraley (Wild Weasel), Gregg Berger (Firefly), Michael Bell (Duke, Blowtorch, Major Bludd), and Rob Paulsen (Tripwire, in Paulsen’s earliest known voice credit).
- “The Viper is Coming” is both our favorite “G.I. Joe” episode and my dad’s favorite dad joke.
- “King Koopa’s Kool Kartoons,” starring Christopher Collins (Chris Latta), the voice of Cobra Commander.
- We try and find Keystone City, which may or may not be somewhere in eastern Pennsylvania.
- The titular Cobra CLAW (Covert Light Aerial Weapon), an odd name for a Cobra vehicle, because snakes don’t have claws.
- The Definitive Ranking of all 25 Fensler G.I. Joe Parodies, by DailyDot.
Previous Podcast Episodes Mentioned
- A Garfield Christmas Special (Season 2, Episode 6)
- A Pinky and the Brain Christmas (Season 2, Episode 17)
- Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special (Season 2, Episode 21)
- A Wish for Wings That Work (Season 3, Episode 3).
- The Glo Friends Save Christmas (Season 3, Episode 6)
- Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire (Season 3, Episode 9)
- Christmas in Tattertown (Season 3, Episode 10)
- Super Mario Bros. Super Show: Koopa Klaus / Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush (Season 4, Episode 8)
“G.I. Joe” and “Cobra CLAWs Are Coming to Town” © 1985 Hasbro Inc.
Commercial Break: William “The Refrigerator” Perry G.I. Joe Action Figure, 1987.