Other than books, regular office stuff and my famous Charles M. Russell framed prints, I don’t have a lot of pop culture stuff in my office here at the ranch. I do have a small wooden shelf that I display a handful of “toys” and Chicago Bears memorabilia. Three action figures stand guard on that shelf, my original Captain Action (Ideal Toys) from the 1960s in the rare blue and purple costume, my original G.I. Joe Adventure Team with life-like blond hair and beard – not to mention shoulder holster and pistol – and from the 1990s, my Action Man driller figure that has to be one of most testosterone filled action figures ever.
Granted, I have a lot of old G.I. Joes and more Action Man figures that are pretty neat, but these three are a great representation of top notch 12-inch action figures that have been made during my many years on this planet. The Captain Action means a lot to me because I played out so many adventures with him as a kid and the fact that I’ve been lucky enough to be one of the Classic Captain Action comic book writers. That has been a dream come true for me. If you would’ve told me as a 5th grade school kid that one day I would get to write Captain Action busting heads and ignoring names, my head would’ve exploded. My greatest honor was getting to do those two stories with Eduardo Barreto doing the art.
Now if only I could get the chance to write some G.I. Joe Adventure Team stories, well, my head may blow up yet. I thought I’d share these 3 photos with you. Maybe they’ll haul up some great childhood memories for you as well.
Your amigo with Kung Fu Grip,
The Flying Fist Ranch