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GI Joe: "The Secret of the Mummy's Tomb" (1973)Writer: Ken Sobol
Illustration: Carl Pfeufer
Audio Production: Dewey Bergman
Intro:I've hinted about this thing for years, but it's finally time to type about it and finally go old school with GI Joe. So old that it comes before issue #1 and 1982. It even pre-dates the 80's, entirely. It's not a "retcon" or a flashback, but a "GI Joe Comic" (of sorts) from 1973 and Peter Pan Records.
Peter Pan Records were kinda' cool when you were a kid. Even if they did have a somewhat sinister looking logo that always reminded me of Boris Badenov:
You'd get a little vinyl record; usually a 45; coupled with a full-color storybook. The storybooks were more along the lines of a comic book, told with illustrated panels and word balloons. A little bell would sound when it was time for you to turn the page. The record basically read the entire story to you, word-for-word, but had the added bonus of sound effects and different voices. It really spurred imagination in tikes and built an appreciation for literature, as I would sometimes create my own little "Peter Pan Record" for any book I'd pick up in the kids' library. They were a fairly good deal, too. I think they retailed for about 4-8 bucks and could entertain a kid for about 20 minutes, at the very least.
Summary:So this story opens "somewhere in the great mysterious Egyptian desert" as "Joe" is investigating a missing mummy and jewels that were stolen from a museum. Joe's communications buddy at HQ, "Mike" (call him the 70's version of Breaker or Dial-Tone) radioes to inform Joe about a pending earthquake in the area. But Joe's on an adventure, goshdarnit, and enters the tomb of Amtoltec to search for the missing goods.
After some boobytraps, Joe runs into a walking and talking mummy! Very Scooby-Doo-ish, as Joe soon enters a secret room, where he finds the props the "mummy" was using-- mirrors and gauze. Joe turns the tables on the mummy and unmasks him as "Mummy Barka. The worst thief in Egypt". Joe ties him up to deliver him to the all-powerful authorities.
Right on cue, the earthquake begins. Barka whines that it's the "curse", but Joe knows better. Joe tosses Barka into his 6x6 ATV (the iconic 70's yellow six-wheeled jeep) and tries to escape the quake. As mountains begin collpasing, Joe radioes his pilot, who arrives in the Adventure Team Helicopter to skyhook them out of there. Joe gets the obligatory episode-ending joke: "I won't say that I believe in curses... but that's the last tomb I go into without an invitation from the family!"
Appearances:Characters (figures/"dolls"): Joe
Characters ("comic-only"):Mummy Barka, Mike
Vehicles and stuff (toys): 6x6 ATV, Adventure Team Helicopter
Rating: 3 Flag Points
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