30th Anniversary ARAH Reading Marathon - Week 8

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Postby Torpedo » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:51 am

I'm assuming we'll be reading the Special Missions, too, based on their publication timeline.
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Postby ER » Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:08 am

Yes, we'll be reading Special Missions in the marathon - I wouldn't have it any other way!

The week of #46-50 we'll read "SM#0" Best Defense (a bonus story in #50 that introduced the Special Missions concept) and following that we'll have some issues from the actual SM series to read each week for quite a while.

At first SM came out every other month so we'll have 2 or 3 additional issues to read each week. But later on it was promoted to a monthly - at that point in our marathon we'll be doing 10 issues a week :)
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Postby shanecdavis » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:01 am

Here are the weekly stats for #31-40, and total stats for #1-40:

JOES - Marvel #31-40

Most Appearances
7 - Snake Eyes


Least Appearances
0 - Grand Slam


Highest Appearance %
100 - Barbecue, Shipwreck


Lowest Appearance %
0 - Grand Slam


Longest Appearance Streak
4 - Duke, Ripcord, Roadblock


Longest Disappearance Streak
10 - Grand Slam


Most Joes in an issue
23 - Marvel #33


Least Joes in an issue
2 - Marvel #34


Highest Percentage of Joes
92 - Marvel #33


Lowest Percentage of Joes
9 - Marvel #34


TOTALS
9 New Characters




JOES - Marvel #1-40

Most Appearances (MIN 5)
29 - Scarlett
28 - Snake Eyes
27 - Hawk
26 - Clutch


Least Appearances (MIN 5)
4 - Blowtorch, General Austin, Spirit
5 - Lady Jaye, Recondo
6 - Cutter, Deep Six, Mutt & Junkyard, Ripcord, Snow Job
8 - General Flagg


Highest Appearance % (MIN 2)
73 - Scarlett
70- Snake Eyes
68- Hawk
67- Ripcord


Lowest Appearance % (MIN 2)
10 - General Austin
20 - Snow Job
23 - Grand Slam
30 - Short Fuse


Longest Appearance Streak
22 - Scarlett
17 - Breaker
11 - Hawk
8 - Clutch, Steeler


Longest Disappearance Streak
28 - General Austin
18 - Grand Slam
12 - Snow Job
11 - Flash


Most Joes in an issue
23 - Marvel #22, 33
21 - Marvel #19, 40
20 - Marvel #17
17 - Marvel #25


Least Joes in an issue
2 - Marvel #21, 34
4 - Marvel #35
5 - Marvel #9
6 - Marvel #5, 15


Highest Percentage of Joes
100 - Marvel #1
92 - Marvel #22
88 - Marvel #19
87 - Marvel #4, 6, 8


Lowest Percentage of Joes
6 - Marvel #34
9 - Marvel #21
12 - Marvel #35
27 - Marvel #15


TOTALS
38 Characters
37 Active
1 Deceased
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Postby shanecdavis » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:03 am

JOE VEHICLES - Marvel #31-40

Most Appearances
4 - VAMP


Least Appearances
0 - Falcon Glider, HAL, JUMP, MANTA, PAC/RAT, Polar Battle Bear, Sky Hawk, Whirlwind


Highest Appearance %
40 - USS Flagg, VAMP


Lowest Appearance %
0 - Falcon Glider, HAL, JUMP, MANTA, PAC/RAT, Polar Battle Bear, Sky Hawk, Whirlwind


Longest Appearance Steak
3 - MOBAT, VAMP


Longest Disappearance Streak
10 - Falcon Glider, HAL, JUMP, MANTA, PAC/RAT, Polar Battle Bear, Sky Hawk, Whirlwind


Most Joe Vehicles in an issue
5 - Marvel #31, 40


Least Joe Vehicles in an issue
0 - Marvel #35, 39


Highest Percentage of Joe Vehicles
37 - Marvel #31


Lowest Percentage of Joe Vehicles
0 - Marvel #35, 39


TOTALS
3 New Vehicles
1 Sunk




JOE VEHICLES - Marvel #1-40

Most Appearances (MIN 5)
19 - VAMP
13 - Dragonfly, MOBAT
9 - APC
8 - RAM, Skystriker


Least Appearances (MIN 5)
1 - MANTA, MMS, PAC/RAT, Polar Battle Bear, Sky Hawk, Whirlwind
2 - Falcon Glider, SHARC, USS Flagg
3 - HAL, JUMP
4 - G.I. Jane Freighter, Killer WHALE, Wolverine


Highest Appearance % (MIN 2)
52 - Dragonfly
48 - VAMP
33 - APC, G.I. Jane Freighter, MOBAT
31 - Killer WHALE


Lowest Appearance % (MIN 2)
7 - Falcon Glider
8 - HAL, JUMP
13 - SHARC
16 - Wolverine


Longest Appearance Streak
5 - VAMP
4 - Dragonfly, MOBAT, APC, RAM, VAMP
3 - Skystriker, VAMP


Longest Disappearance Streak
32 - HAL, JUMP
29 - Polar Battle Bear
23 - Whirlwind
22 - PAC/RAT


Most Joe Vehicles in an issue
8 - Marvel #19
7 - Marvel #17, 18, 30
6 - Marvel #16
5 - Marvel #1, 8, 31, 40


Least Joe Vehicles in an issue
0 - Marvel #2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 15, 26, 35, 39
1 - Marvel #5, 13, 21, 23, 34
2 - Marvel #6, 7, 11, 20, 24, 27, 2
3 - Marvel #3, 14, 22, 25, 29, 33, 38


Highest Percentage of Joe Vehicles
100 - Marvel #1, 8
60 - Marvel #3
54 - Marvel #17
53 - Marvel #19


Lowest Percentage of Joe Vehicles
0 - Marvel #2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 15, 26,35, 39
7 - Marvel #21, 23
9 - Marvel #37
11 - Marvel #27


TOTALS
22 Vehicles
1 Sunk
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Postby shanecdavis » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:04 am

COBRAS - Marvel #31-40

Most Appearances
6 - Baroness, COBRA Commander, COBRA Trooper, Destro, Zartan


Least Appearances
0 - COBRA Airborne, Gregor (COBRA Trooper), Rollo (COBRA Youth Brigade)


Highest Appearance %
100 - Fred Broca, Lamprey, Professor Appel


Lowest Appearance %
0 - COBRA Airborne, Gregor (COBRA Trooper), Rollo (COBRA Youth Brigade)


Longest Appearance Streak
3 - Baroness, COBRA Commander, COBRA Trooper, Crimson Guard, Destro, Firefly, Major Bludd, Zartan


Longest Disappearance Streak
10 - COBRA Airborne, Gregor (COBRA Trooper), Rollo (COBRA Youth Brigade)


Most COBRAs in an issue
15 - Marvel #38


Least COBRAs in an issue
2 - Marvel #34


Highest Percentage of COBRAs
78 - Marvel #33


Lowest Percentage of COBRAs
11 - Marvel #34


TOTALS
7 New Characters
1 Died
1 Left




COBRAS - Marvel #1-40

Most Appearances (MIN 5)
32 - COBRA Commander
27 - COBRA Trooper
25 - Baroness
23 - Destro


Least Appearances (MIN 5)
1 - COBRA Airborne, Gregor (COBRA Trooper), Rollo (COBRA Youth Brigade, Sea Rattler Pilot
2 - HISS Driver
3 - COBRA Officer, Crimson Guard
4 - Fred Broca II


Highest Appearance % (MIN 2)
100 - Fred Broca
88 - Scar-Face
80 - COBRA Commander, Dr. Venom
75 - Tomax, Xamot


Lowest Appearance % (MIN 2)
14 - COBRA Officer
18 - HISS Driver
36 - Fred Broca II
44 - Buzzer, Ripper, Torch


Longest Appearance Streak
12 - COBRA Trooper
10 - COBRA Commander
9 - Destro
7 - Baroness, COBRA Commander, Destro


Longest Disappearance Streak
39 - Gregor (COBRA Trooper)
31 - Rollo (COBRA Youth Brigade)
26 - COBRA Airborne
13 - COBRA Officer


Most COBRAs in an issue
15 - Marvel #38
14 - Marvel #33
12 - Marvel #32
10 - Marvel #28, 30


Least COBRAs in an issue
0 - Marvel #2, 4
1 - Marvel #20
2 - Marvel #3, 6, 34


Highest Percentage of COBRAs
100 - Marvel #1
83 - Marvel #10
78 - Marvel #14, 33
75 - Marvel #5, 8


Lowest Percentage of COBRAs
0 - Marvel #2, 4
11 - Marvel #20, 34
18 - Marvel #39
23 - Marvel #37


TOTALS
31 Characters
23 Active
7 Deceased
1 Left
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Postby shanecdavis » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:05 am

COBRA VEHICLES - Marvel #31-40

Most Appearances
2 - Ferret, Moray


Least Appearances
0 - Chameleon, CLAW, FANG, SNAKE Armor, Viper Glider, Water Mocassin


Highest Appearance %
50 - Ferret


Lowest Appearance %
0 - Chameleon, CLAW, FANG, SNAKE Armor, Viper Glider, Water Mocassin


Longest Appearance Streak
2 - Ferret


Longest Disappearance Streak
0 - Chameleon, CLAW, FANG, SNAKE Armor, Viper Glider, Water Mocassin


Most COBRA Vehicles in an issue
3 - Marvel #36


Least COBRA Vehicles in an issue
0 - Marvel #31, 32, 33, 35, 39


Highest Percentage of COBRA Vehicles
27 - Marvel #36


Lowest Percentage of COBRA Vehicles
0 - Marvel #31, 32, 33, 35, 39


TOTALS
4 New Vehicles




COBRA VEHICLES - Marvel #1-40

Most Appearances (MIN 5)
7 - HISS
4 - FANG, Water Mocassin


Least Appearances (MIN 5)
1 - ASP, Sea Rattler, SNAKE Armor, Viper Glider
2 - Chameleon, CLAW, Moray


Highest Appearance % (MIN 2)
50 - Ferret
40 - Moray
24 - water Mocassin
23 - HISS


Lowest Appearance % (MIN 2)
10 - CLAW
13 - Chameleon
16 - Rattler
17 - FANG


Longest Appearance Streak
2 - Ferret, HISS, Water Mocassin


Longest Disappearance Streak
29 - Viper Glider
21 - SNAKE Armor


Most COBRA Vehicles in an issue
4 - Marvel #28
3 - Marvel #19, 36


Least COBRA Vehicles in an issue
0 - Marvel #1-10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 35, 39
1 - Marvel #16, 21, 22, 29


Highest Percentage of COBRA Vehicles
100 - Marvel #11
75 - Marvel #19
67 - Marvel #17


Lowest Percentage of COBRA Vehicles
0 - Marvel #12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 20, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 35, 39
8 - Marvel #38, 40
13 - Marvel #13


TOTALS
12 Vehicles
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Postby shanecdavis » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:07 am

OTHER CHARACTERS - Marvel #31-40

Most Appearances
5 - Billy, Candy Appel


Least Appearances
0 - Ahmed (Afghan rebel), Billy Kline (Clutch's friend), Chief (State Trooper), Clem (MT local), Colonel Brekhov, Cyrus (FL local), Daina, Dr. Adele Burkhart, Dr. Hundtkinder, Earl (Diner owner), Eddy (McGuire AFB MP), Elwood (child), Estelle (Miami local), Eunice (SF local), Felipe (Rio Lindo local), Fred (SF local), Gus (Security guard), Hard Master, Hector (Rio Lindo local), Hollis (Doorman), Horror Show, Mr. Vilsky (Clutch's teacher), Mrs. Kline, Mrs. Hood (COBRA Liaison), Murray (Ice cream truck driver), Norma June (FL local), Pablo (Airport guard), R.L. (State Trooper), Red Ninjas, Roscoe (NYC garbage man), Schrage, Shary Wingfield, Sheldon (Miami local), Sid (NYC garbage man), Stormavik


Highest Appearance %
100 - Dmitri (Russian sniper), Gregor (Russian sniper)


Lowest Appearance %
0 - Ahmed (Afghan rebel), Billy Kline (Clutch's friend), Chief (State Trooper), Clem (MT local), Colonel Brekhov, Cyrus (FL local), Daina, Dr. Adele Burkhart, Dr. Hundtkinder, Earl (Diner owner), Eddy (McGuire AFB MP), Elwood (child), Estelle (Miami local), Eunice (SF local), Felipe (Rio Lindo local), Fred (SF local), Gus (Security guard), Hard Master, Hector (Rio Lindo local), Hollis (Doorman), Horror Show, Mr. Vilsky (Clutch's teacher), Mrs. Kline, Mrs. Hood (COBRA Liaison), Murray (Ice cream truck driver), Norma June (FL local), Pablo (Airport guard), R.L. (State Trooper), Red Ninjas, Roscoe (NYC garbage man), Schrage, Shary Wingfield, Sheldon (Miami local), Sid (NYC garbage man), Stormavik


Longest Appearance Streak
4 - Candy Appel


Longest Disappearance Streak
0 - Ahmed (Afghan rebel), Billy Kline (Clutch's friend), Chief (State Trooper), Clem (MT local), Colonel Brekhov, Cyrus (FL local), Daina, Dr. Adele Burkhart, Dr. Hundtkinder, Earl (Diner owner), Eddy (McGuire AFB MP), Elwood (child), Estelle (Miami local), Eunice (SF local), Felipe (Rio Lindo local), Fred (SF local), Gus (Security guard), Hard Master, Hector (Rio Lindo local), Hollis (Doorman), Horror Show, Mr. Vilsky (Clutch's teacher), Mrs. Kline, Mrs. Hood (COBRA Liaison), Murray (Ice cream truck driver), Norma June (FL local), Pablo (Airport guard), R.L. (State Trooper), Red Ninjas, Roscoe (NYC garbage man), Schrage, Shary Wingfield, Sheldon (Miami local), Sid (NYC garbage man), Stormavik


Most Other Characters in an issue
6 - Marvel #39


Least Other Characters in an issue
0 - Marvel #34, 36


Highest Percentage of Other Characters
13 - Marvel #39


Lowest Percentage of Other Characters
0 - Marvel #34, 36


TOTALS
4 New Characters
2 Died




OTHER CHARACTERS - Marvel #1-40

Most Appearances (MIN 5)
8 - Billy
7 - Kwinn
5 - Candy Appel, Heather Collins


Least Appearances (MIN 5)
1 - Ahmed (Afghan rebel), Billy Kline (Clutch's friend), Clem (MT local), Cyrus (FL local), Dr. Hundtkinder, Earl(Diner owner), Eddy (McGuire AFB MP), Elwood (Child), Estelle (Miami local), Eunice (SF local), Felipe (Rio Lindo local), Fred (SF local), Gus (Security guard), Hard Master, Hector (Rio Lindo local), Hollis (Doorman), Mr. Vilsky (Clutch's teacher), Mrs. Kline, Mrs. Hood (COBRA Liaison), Murray (Ice cream truck driver), Norma June (FL local), Pablo (Airport guard), Red Ninjas, Roscoe (NYC garbage man), Shary Wingfield, Sheldon (Miami local), Sid (NYC garbage man)
2 - Chief (State Trooper), Colonel Brekhov, Daina, Dr. Adele Burkhart, Horror Show, R.L. (State Trooper), Schrage, Stormavik
3 - Mrs. Collins, Timber


Highest Appearance % (MIN 2)
67 - Tucaros
63 - Candy Appel
42 - Heather Collins


Lowest Appearance % (MIN 2)
5 - Dr. Adele Burkhart
6 - Colonel Brekhov, Daina, Horror Show, Schrage, Stormavik
15 - Chief (State Trooper), R.L. (State Trooper)


Longest Appearance Streak
5 - Billy, Heather Collins
4 - Candy Appel
3 - Kwinn
2 - Billy, Chief (State Trooper), Colonel Brekhov, Daina, Heather Collins, Horrow Show, Kwinn, Mrs. Collins, R.L. (State Trooper), Schrage, Sean Collins, Soft Master, Stormavik, Timber, Tucaros


Longest Disappearance Streak
37 - Clem (MT local), Dr. Adele Burkhart, Shary Wingfield
36 - Hollis (Doorman), Mrs. Hood (COBRA Liaison), Roscoe (NYC garbage man)
35 - Ahmed (Afghan rebel)
34 - Colonel Brekhov, Daina, Horror Show, Schrage, Stormavik


Most Other Characters in an issue
7 - Marvel #29
6 - Marvel #6, 39
5 - Marvel #7, 30, 32, 33


Least Other Characters in an issue
0 - Marvel #3, 8, 9, 11, 16, 23, 24, 25, 34, 36
1 - Marvel #1, 2, 10, 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 35, 37, 40
2 - Marvel #18, 26


Highest Percentage of Other Characters
100 - Marvel #1
67 - Marvel #4
50 - Marvel #2
46 - Marvel #6


Lowest Percentage of Other Characters
0 - Marvel #3, 8, 9, 11, 16, 23, 24, 25, 34, 36
2 - Marvel #35, 37, 40
4 - Marvel #26, 27
5 - Marvel #17, 19


TOTALS
50 Characters
7 Deceased
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Postby orpakki » Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:55 pm

Ok, back to business:

#36 was a good, solid issue from this era. Not really much else to say about it. Always loved the issues where there was action going on in several different fronts. It also makes the use of several artists per issue much more acceptable. It was nice seeing some of these early characters appear regularly in this era.

Surprisingly the SE body count doesn't go up in this issue despite appearances.

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I really loved #37 as a kid, but it doesn't hold up as well these days, I'm afraid. Again this was one of the commercial-issues, so I can understand if it's not that easy writing a classic issue set in the circus. Oh well, always loved seeing new characters make their debut, and as this issue was only published in the last year of the comic in Finland, I had long been anticipating the debut of Flint and the Twins.

I love Flint's debut scene and first meeting with Lady Jaye. Flint's arrogance and over-the-top heroism combined with Jaye being less than impressed was a great take on the due, but they really would have deserved a lot more face-time early on to let things develop properly. They barely see each other in their first year, then we return to them in #53 and after that they're suddenly an item. Anyway, the Flint in this issue is how I like to envision the character. I'd like to have seen his personality rubbing some of the more serious Joes the wrong way before he'd carve his own spot on the team. A more in your face (not IDW-style, though) Flint would easilly make my top 10 Joe list.

In the meantime, I don't know really get what the thing with Footloose was supposed to be. That not everyone is cut out to be a Joe? He'd have been a much better Joe with some more respect and appearances. Yeah, his MO isn't the most exciting one, but I liked the look of the figure (But not so much the later comic version with the flowerpot on his head).

I'm also a big fan of Tomax and Xamot, mostly due to their CG-association. They're not very impressive here, but luckily Larry loses the telepathy angle and keeps the empathic pain thing to a minimum. They were a good addition to the Cobra hierarchy and could have used more face time.

I think this issue could have used Spirit instead of Gung-Ho, since he was part of the original Balloon Bear crew. Or better yet, ditch Blowtorch. That's not the proper way to sell toys! :lol:

The Ripcord/Candy affair isn't exactly the love story of the year. He doesn't even know her name and next thing we know she dumps him. And yet she's referred to as his girlfriend later? I think they could have used an issue or two more of development.
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