Arigato! 1966 Japanese “Comet-San” TV Show Featured Stop-Motion Animated ’60s G.I. Joes

In this screenshot from "Revolt of the Toys," GIjOE sneaks along the hallway in search of the two mean boys.

Look out, JOE! In this screenshot from Japan’s “Revolt of the Toys,” a vintage Marine Joe sneaks along a hallway in search of his foes (a pair of unruly, toy-destroying little boys).

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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!

In this freeze-frame from the show, Miss Comet is about to magically bring an entire army of GIjOEs to life.

In this freeze-frame, Miss Comet is about to magically bring an entire army of GIjOEs to life.

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:

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“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.”

In addition to full-blown, stop-animation, this episode of Comet-San also includes special effects, smoke, and even cartoon animation. Here, an Army Joe fires his "50 cal" at the two annoying brats. HA

In addition to full-blown, stop-motion animation, this episode of Comet-San also includes special effects, smoke, and cartoon animation. Here, an Army Joe fires off his trusty “50 cal.

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“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!”

In this scene, Miss Comet tries to convince the boys to stop mistreating their toys, but they just won't listen.

In this scene, Miss Comet tries to convince the boys to stop mistreating their toys.

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

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3 thoughts on “Arigato! 1966 Japanese “Comet-San” TV Show Featured Stop-Motion Animated ’60s G.I. Joes

  1. GIJOEBILL says:

    Amazing they were doing that. Very cool.
    I wanted to smack that kid the second he pulled Joes arm off. 🙂
    Correct me if I am wrong. When she goes into the laundry room(?) before she brings Joe to life, is that not a Crash Crew Truck on the floor? It is hard to see but I know those ladders anywhere.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Could be. Looks like a CC Truck ladder. The year would be correct, but it’s hard to see anything other than the ladder in that shot.

  3. kneonknight says:

    Hah! When the kids were wrecking their Joes I was laughing, and thinking to myself “Those will be worth the cost of one year of college when you grow up!”

    This was a nifty bit of Joe trivia, and not just for the Joes, either. Anything with a cute Japanese girl has my attention, and Comet Chan definitely fits the bill.

    Thanks for sharing this Mark, and special thanks to james long for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to bring this tou our attention.

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