Half the Battle!
#23 — Cobra La La La
It’s strips like this that remind me just how much line work went into animating GI Joe in the ’80s. My “art” is an extremely simplified version of the characters and it still took me a long time to draw. Serpentor especially. Look at this freezeframe of him. There are hundreds of lines on him alone. Compare that to popular shows of today, which not only animate fewer episodes per season (13 compared to a whopping 65 in the ’80s era of syndication) but also have the added help of something called a computer. Back then, everything had to be hand-drawn and hand-colored. Say what you will about the animation equality of GI Joe, but let’s agree that whatever slave labor animated the show worked HARD.
Anyway, this strip has to do with a very short scene in the GI Joe cartoon movie. Serpentor tried to make Cobra-la-la-la-la-la a battle cry and even as a kid, I found it ridiculously stupid.
One last thing: There’s something about Dr. Mindbender without pants that tickles me. It’s my favorite part of the strip.
Now you know…