Research and Ideation (or Sketching)
The above illustration was signed and dated 5-22-1981 by Ron Rudat. This is believed to be an earlier take on what would become Flash. Note the significantly different helmet, backpack, and weapon.
This undated illustration by Ron Rudat shows Ron's working titles for each of the 13 original 1982 Joes. Grand Slam and Flash share one illustration and are labeled twice. Here Flash is labeled "laser infantry."
Ron Rudat (R&D Figure Designer) discuss why he brought lasers into G.I. Joe.
Unadorned Package Art
The painting above was created by Coleman, Lipuma, Segal & Morrill, Inc. (CLS&M) with art direction by Ed Morrill and illustration by Hector Garrido.