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G.I.Joe: A New Era UNRELEASED (1999)
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  Cover & 3 Sample Pages  

Bench Press Studios Unreleased Cover

Bench Press Studios Unreleased Comic Pg 1
Pg 1

Bench Press Studios Unreleased Comic Pg 2 & 3
Pgs 2-3

Bench Press Studios Unreleased Comic Pg 3
Pg 4

About the Full-Size Images for A New Era
Images of the cover and 3 unreleased pages have been floating around the internet for years. Using professional graphic design plug-ins, we've made the internet images larger to the full-size of a standard comic in printable 300 DPI. We made them 10.5" inches tall, and the widths are close to the size of a standard comic; however, since the originals were not at the correct scale, we couldn't make the widths exact without squashing or stretching the images. While they're not perfect, they're as good as it's going to get unless someone gets their hands on the original artwork, and it's going to print much better than simply resizing the internet images or printing them as a whole page. All copyright for these images goes to their respective owner. Due to the dispute over licensing preventing this comic from ever being printed, we are unsure if these images belong to Hasbro, the defunct Bench Press Studios, or the artist Ron Lim and writer Larry Hama. These are the only images on the entire site that are not our own orignal scans or photographs because this comic was never released.

Series Info
G.I.Joe: A New Era was announced in the Spring of 1999 as a new G.I.Joe series to be put out by Bench Press Studios, to be written by legendary G.I.Joe scribe Larry Hama, and drawn by Ron Lim. Unfortunately for Joe fans, Bench Press had not finalized its licensing agreement with Hasbro and never was able to release a single issue. Fans would not see a new Joe comic for 2 more years until Image's release in 2001, and it would be even longer before Larry Hama penned a new Joe tale.
Another sad note for fans was there were plans for another Bench Press G.I.Joe title that was going to be called Strike Force which has been described as being akin to the Special Missions series put out by Marvel in the 1980s.
Larry Hama's Series Proposal as Sent Out in the YoJoe! Newsletter

(Ongoing G.I. Joe comic book series)

by Larry Hama

In the middle of the Utah desert, a lone Hummer rolls across the sand at sunrise.

The Hummer stops at a rusted gate set in a high chain-link fence topped with razor ribbon and concertina wire. A sign on the gate reads: RESTRICTED AREA GOVERNMENT PROPERTY. The gate is chained and padlocked.

A lone figure steps out of the Hummer and stands in front of the gate. He is holding a folded package under one arm. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a key. He unlocks the gate and walks inside. It is HAWK. He is in full dress uniform replete with medals.

Hawk walks across the deserted compound. It is a small base in the middle of the desert with only three or four wooden buildings, all of which are boarded up and locked. It is a ghost fort and Hawk is well aware of who the spirits who haunt this place are.

There is a flagpole in the middle of the compound and that is where Hawk walks to. He stares up at the empty mast. He takes the triangular package from under his arm and unfurls an American flag which he snaps onto the halyard. He hoists the flag to the top of the mast and he steps back, stands to attention and salutes smartly.

Hawk is still holding the salute as a big transport helicopter flares in for a landing, sending up a cloud of dust.

The hatch pops and out steps Flint, Stalker, Roadblock, Snake-Eyes, Torpedo, Ripcord, Tunnel Rat, Lady Jaye, Cover Girl, Dodger, and Spirit, followed by the pilot, Wild Bill.

Hawk turns to them and they salute one another. "Welcome back to the Pit." he says. They walk to the main building. (The one with the trap door to the lower levels) As they reach the door and Hawk extracts another key, Stalker breaks the silence, "Three years ago, they said they didn't need us anymore."

Hawk opens the door and leads them inside. "Well, they were wrong."

Thus, begins the new G.I. Joe saga. A core group of veteran G.I. Joe team members is now ensconced in the unmothballed PIT, a nuke-hardened secret base deep under the Utah desert. They are the last line of defense against organized terrorists, criminal drug lords, paramilitary extremists and all others who threaten democracy and freedom.

Cobra Commander is alive and well on the new Cobra Island which is now a tourist resort. Destro and the Baroness are in semi-retirement in Scotland, but there are forces at work that may cause the Laird of Castle Destro to don again the steel mask. In Borovia in the Balkans, and in Trucial Abysmia in the Mid-East, unrest and trouble are brewing. The ninja clans are stirring in the Pacific Rim eager to take advantage of the economic distress and political instability. On the home front, extremists of all ilks are stockpiling weapons and brewing up fertilizer bombs.

The defense budget is a mere shadow of what it used to be during the grey days of the Cold War, so support for the Joe Team is tight. There is also a tacit understanding that should any of their operations be compromised, the government will deny all responsibility. After all, their job is to do the unspeakable, and be forgotten.

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