Season 3 of G.I. Joe, or as the Shout! Factory DVDs call it, Series 2 Season 1, is a mixed bag. Lots of returning writers, characters, and voice actors, but the show is a different tone. It’s funny, or tries to be, and there’s not much sense of danger. I’m never worried for the Joes. But Russ Heath was on board again drawing model sheets, so that’s a bright spot. Today’s artwork comes from a ridiculous episode called “That’s Entertainment,” where Cobra Commander kidnaps actor/comedian Jackie Love and decides he wants to make movies. Really, the less said, the better. (If you want to see the animated G.I. Joe take on the film industry, just watch “Lights! Camera! Cobra!”)
Jackie Love’s co-star is Fiona Diamond, and we see her in costume while they’re making a film. Here she is, with a fourth screen cap of her in civilian clothes for good measure. (Not surprising spoiler alert! The Baroness impersonates her!)
And here’s Heath’s model sheet. That’s pencil on paper drawn next to a photocopy. It’s noteworthy how much of the crispness of Heath’s detail and sharpness gets reduced when this design runs through the animation ringer. But that’s somewhat true of Heath’s designs for the Sunbow episodes as well.
Heath’s control over his line is stunning. If you don’t know much about his work, check out Fantagraphics’ Blazing Combat. Tell ’em the Internet sent you.