Figure Sculpture Sheet
Once management had signed off on the design, Ron would get back to work creating figure sculpture sheets (also known as control art). These sheets showed views from the front and back and from both sides with the arms removed. Some revisions were still made at this point. Once completed, these sheets were shared with the sculptors that were tasked with creating the figures. There was no precedent at Hasbro for Ron to follow when it came to the figure design process. Ron created the Sculpture Model Sheet shown above on the fly, and it would evolve over the coming years. The figure sculpture sheet above was signed and dated June 16, 1982 by Ron Rudat.
Revising the art of G.I.Joe
G.I.Joe package paintings in 1983 were created by Coleman, Lipuma, Segal & Morrill, Inc. (CLS&M) with art direction by Ed Morrill and illustration by Hector Garrido. There are many instances of published G.I.Joe art variations. One example is the 1983 Wolverine box art. Most collectors know the retail box art, featuring an upright Cover Girl with windswept hair. Some eagle eyed collectors spotted a much different Cover Girl portrait on the 1986 Milton Bradley Wolverine trading card. Here she is leaning forward and has a look of intensity that was lost on the published box art. Preproduction collector John Wakefield was able to share a printer's proof from 1982 that confirms what was previously an unsubstantiated theory: the more dramatic portrait printed by Milton Bradley in 1986 was the original package art! We believe these revisions were completed in-house by Hasbro's art department. Ed Morrill added "I don’t remember ever having a single piece of finished art kicked back for revisions. There wouldn’t have been time." Roll over the images below for more information or click to view the image at full screen.