Back in 1984, writer Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe #21 quickly became the most iconic issue of Marvel’s original comic book series. Hama penciled and laid out the issue himself, with inks and finishes by Steve Leialoha. “Silent Interlude” was also notable because it was completely free of dialog, captions, and visual sound effects. This issue of G.I. Joe even inspired Marvel’s “‘Nuff Said” month-long event of silent comics in 2002. Now, 36 years after the story was first published, “Silent Interlude” has inspired a new fan created animated short.
Earlier this month, Penn Productions released a stop motion take on “Silent Interlude.” The short also captured the attention of Hasbro’s official G.I. Joe Twitter account, which in turn shared the video in the post below.
YO JOE! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!
On a scale of , this one is a 12/10! #GIJoe https://t.co/Gan7w1gx7A
— G.I. JOE (@GIJoeOfficial) July 7, 2020
This particular comic also introduced several familiar elements into the G.I. Joe mythos. For example, “Silent Interlude” teased the connection between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow through their shared tattoo of the Arashikage ninja clan. It also furthered the relationship between Snake Eyes and Scarlett. Sharp-eyed fans may also notice subtle representations of Dr. Venom, Kwinn and Scar-Face; a trio of lesser known dead characters who have rarely appeared.
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Additionally, Penn Productions posted a side-by-side comparison of the “Silent Interlude” comic and animated short. So if you’ve never read the comic, this is an easy way to see what you’ve been missing.
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