Hold on to something, Joe fans. We don’t want you to pass out when you read this amazing story. A few days ago, our “Fearless Field Reporter” James Long excitedly wired us with news of a stunning discovery: A 1960s, full-color, 30-minute Comet-San TV show episode called “Revolt of the Toys” that combined live-action with cartoon and stop-motion animation had recently been rediscovered— and to his delight and surprise, it prominently featured GIjOE! Not just one Joe mind you, but a whole ARMY full of them, complete with 5-Star Jeeps, tanks, machine-gunners and much, much more; all in a full-on fantasy battle, complete with smoke, lighting, plus full sound and special effects. How a vintage ’60s GIjOE video this COOL had gone undetected and “under the radar” of Joe-fandom for this long is beyond understanding. Yet here it is!
Long told us he had read our previous articles covering a wide-range of GIjOE appearances in both television shows and in movies, and after reading them, he suddenly remembered another long-lost, “buried treasure” of early GIjOE TV-related history; one that was remembered by very few. Fortunately, James contacted us and filed the following exclusive story with The Joe Report:
“I loved your article, but you’ve missed one of GIjOE’s largest featured roles! There was a 1966 episode of a Japanese TV series named Comet-San (Miss Comet) that had numerous GIjOEs in it. The episode I’m referring to is #20 of the series and was entitled, Revolt of the Toys and first aired on November 13, 1967. This was the first COLOR episode of the series, as the previous 19 episodes had been in black and white. As the first color episode, extra money and effort was put into it to make it more spectacular.
In the episode, Comet is working as a maid in a house with two spoiled boys. The boys mistreat their toys, including their GIjOEs. When Comet uses her magical powers to bring the Joes to life, they decide to go after the boys, and chase them throughout the house.In one scene, the GIjOEs are chasing the boys through the halls in a 5-Star Jeep. In another, when the boys are hiding in a bathroom, a Deep Sea Diver and orange-suited Frogman climb out of the bathtub to confront them.”
“While most of the Joes are decked out as Action Soldiers, a Scramble Pilot and Green Beret figure are also shown. There’s a little bit with Joe in the first minute or two of the episode, but then it starts up big time around 11 minutes in, running all the way to the end of the episode.
While I was able to find a few pictures from the episode on the Internet, I couldn’t find the show itself until Trenches member Dale Cooper provided information that the series was known in Spanish-speaking counties as “Senorita Cometa.” With that, I was finally able to track down this unique episode of Comet-San and learned that it’s also available for viewing online.
The quality is far from perfect, and the audio is entirely in Japanese, but the story is simple enough that you can follow it without needing a translation. For anyone who wishes they could have seen GIjOE go after Sid in the first Toy Story movie, this is the next best thing!”
From what I’ve read on Japanese websites and blogs, the sight of all those GIjOEs and other toys chasing the boys around the house left quite an impression on kids who watched it. At that time, few kids in Japan could imagine having more than a couple of GIjOEs, and seeing an army of them working together as they do in this show was like a dream come true!”
Bottom Line: Superb job tracking down this amazing 1960s GIjOE video, James. You’ve definitely earned your (un)official GIjOE “Eagle-Eye” Award for this one! Okay, Joe fans…Whenever you have a spare half-hour, close your door, grab a cold one, put your feet up, and prepare to be launched back in time to 1960’s Japan. This show will blow your ever-lovin’ Joe mind. See HERE.