G.I. Joe Secret Agent Man: Chuckles

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Rocko: Chuckles wasn’t a Joe I was particularly interested in as a kid, because he came with a simple pistol and holster instead of the heavy machine guns or ninja swords that made a figure a must own.

Now, in no small part to the brilliantly written filecard by Larry Hama and the Mike Costa/Christos Gage IDW Cobra comics, Chuckles is a favorite. I really relate to this guy. We even have a similar fashion sense.

Go ahead and google “hole and corner,” and consider how few children in ’87 had any idea what the hell that was.

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Xander: I dig Chuck now, but as a kid he was middle ground at best. I recall it came down to he and Falcon once at a Nickel &Dime. Falcon won out in droves.

It wasn’t until the Impel trading cards that turned me on to the comics, and the Special Mission series in particular, where Chuckles really shined.

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Rocko: I remember that there was a kid in my third grade class who was just a little bit smarter than me, and always had ideas that were a bit better formed than mine. Now I wonder if he was just parroting something his older brother or someone said, because he was savvy as shit for a 7 year old. I remember that he didn’t like any of that ’87 class of Joes but Chuckles. When I said “He’s OK…but he just has a pistol.” The kid said “That’s why I like him.”

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Xander: That’s pretty deep for 7. Really speaks volumes though. I imagine there were a lot of us who didn’t “get” Chuckles until much, much later.

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Rocko: Espionage related things did little for me as a kid. It was really the post 9/11 world that made me develop an interest in counter intelligence concepts. Which I think is true for a lot of people, given modern Bond, Bourne Identity, the Americans, Cobra…

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Xander: Rocko, if you want to write a piece on Chuckles I’ll shoot the pictures.

Rocko: You got it! Give me a little time. Great idea.

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