Research and Ideation (or Sketching)
The above illustration was created in May of 1981 by Ron Rudat. This is believed to be an earlier take on what would become Grunt. Note the annotations that call out the British commando sweater, and universal boots with no right or left details. Also note the signifigantly different helmet design.
This undated illustration by Ron Rudat shows Ron's working titles for each of the 13 original 1982 Joes (note: Grand Slam and Flash share one illustration and are labeled twice). Here Grunt is labeled "infantry"
Kirk Bozigian (G.I. Joe Product Manager) isn't afraid to pick favorites, Grunt is the man.
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.