G.I. JoeFrom 1982 to 1994, Marvel Comics’ “G.I. Joe” series chronicled the adventures of an elite group of American soldiers and combatants as they fought against terrorist organizations such as the sinister Cobra organization. With nearly every issue written by Larry Hama (longtime writer of “Wolverine”), the comic hosted an ensemble cast of heroes and villains with stories that ran from political allegory to high-stakes sci-fi adventure.

In honor of today's premiere of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," here are some of our favorite stories from the original "G.I. Joe" comic book series.

"G.I. JOE" #4: “Operation: Wingfield!” — G.I. Joe soldiers Snake-Eyes, Hawk and Grunt are sent to infiltrate Cobra’s new First Strike task force. To their shock, they learn that Cobra has gotten ahold of two nuclear bombs and First Strike intends to use them to start a war between Russia and the USA. What follows is tense and desperate action as the Joes try to prevent World War III.

This story is also significant due to a scene in which the mute Snake Eyes writes down his thoughts, giving us a rare glimpse into his mind. Read More...

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SmallvilleFilmmaker John Hughes captured the drama of life between childhood and adulthood like no other. With movies like "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," he crafted stories filled with the sort of high school angst that only comes from experience. He made it cool to be a geek, and gave audiences a cast of characters who learned to look past the boundaries of their lunchroom cliques.

In honor of Hughes' unexpected passing earlier today, I've assembled a short list of some of my favorite high schools from the world of comics. Filled with their own unique brand of drama and teenage angst, each school played host to a variety of stories originating in that same well of shared experiences that Hughes so artfully tapped.

SMALLVILLE HIGH: Long before Clark Kent was Superman, he was Superboy — a teenager growing up in the tiny town of Smallville. The adopted son of Jonathan and Martha Kent grew up dealing with many of the same problems inherent to coming of age in a small town, along with the added burden of keeping secret the powers that made him one of the most powerful beings on Earth. Smallville High was where he learned the real meaning of being human — and how all the powers in the world can't make the journey to adulthood any easier. Read More...

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Snake Eyes - Ray ParkThe existence of "G.I. Joe" comic books aside, many of the stars of this weekend's upcoming "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" have a good amount in common with the paneled page. From the mighty shield of Captain America to a Robin that never was, the following five actors have interesting ties — some stronger than others — to the comic book medium.

RAY PARK: It's hard to forget Ray Park's menacing turn as Darth Maul, the dual-lightsaber twirling villain of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," but the man behind the mask of Snake Eyes has some curious ties to the comic book kingdom. Not only was he long-rumored for the role of Danny Rand in an "Iron Fist" adaptation, Park actually played Toad in the very first live-action "X-Men" film.

That's not even mentioning the actor's upcoming role in "Heroes." Park will play a fast-moving, knife-twirling villain on the show. Interestingly, "Rise of Cobra" actor Christopher Eccleston — who plays Destro in the movie — has also appeared on "Heroes" as a super-powered invisible man. Read More...

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Halle BerryIn the world of comics, a few superstar creators have made names for themselves on both Marvel and DC Comics titles. Artist Jim Lee launched "X-Men" and went on to do a classic run on "Batman." John Byrne defined "Fantastic Four" for years before redefining "Superman" in the 1980s.

Now, some of the biggest names in film are getting the chance to do the same with Marvel and DC's biggest characters, and big-name actors like Ryan Reynolds and Natalie Portman are getting the chance to define both publishers' characters for filmgoers.

Here are five actors who have been cast in live-action roles for characters originating in both the Marvel and DC Comics worlds. Read More...

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Henry CavillThere's an old idiom that goes, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." When it comes to the comic book genre, the saying could go, "Always a sidekick, never a superhero." But in the case of actor Henry Cavill, even that adage doesn't quite fit.

Cavill has achieved a large following for his role as Sir Charles Brandon on "The Tudors," but he's missed several opportunities to increase that fan base even more. There are reports that the young actor narrowly lost the role of Batman to Christian Bale some years ago. He was later attached to play Superman for director McG, but that project never flew, even if he did get to wear the costume.

To add insult to injury, Cavill was apparently a lead contender for the role of Hal Jordan in "Green Lantern" before losing the part to Ryan Reynolds. That's three misses with DC Comics, for those of you keeping score. If things continue in this tradition, Cavill's tights-wearing habits could remain in period pieces. Read More...

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ElectroWith the recent announcement that the "Spider-Man 4" script is headed back for a rewrite, it looks like we'll have even longer to wait for news on which villains Peter Parker will be battling in the new film. Rumors regarding the potential baddies have everyone's spider-sense tingling lately, with much of the buzz focusing on a potential debut for the vampire Morbius or Dr. Curt Connors' reptilian alter ego, The Lizard. Heck, we've heard suggestions regarding everyone from "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson (as Morbius) to "Fantastic Four" actress Jessica Alba (as Black Cat).

So, here are some of the Spider-Man villains we'd most like to see in the film, culled from the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler's impressive rogues gallery. Read More...

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Uncle SamIt’s the Fourth of July weekend in the U.S., and that means parties, barbeques and general celebrations of national pride. With that in mind, it seems fitting to think of those heroes who not only serve their country but also use patriotic outfits and monikers. So, here’s a list of some great U.S.-themed super-heroes.

UNCLE SAM: In the DC Comics Universe, a spiritual avatar of the United States was brought into being through an occult ritual. As the years passed, this spirit would alter its form and identity based on the era. During the Revolutionary War, he called himself the Minute-Man. During the Civil War, he split into twin entities known as Johnny Reb and Billy Yank. In 1870, he was reborn as Uncle Sam, his most powerful form.

Since his mystical abilities ebb and flow based on how much faith Americans have in their country and themselves, Uncle Sam learned the value of having allies and so, during WW II, he formed a team of superheroes called the Freedom Fighters and led them in battle against several Nazi menaces. In the modern-day, he was forced to fight a dark twin who was concerned with money rather than people and later became leader of a new version of the Freedom Fighters. Read More...

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Captain CanuckYes, it’s Canada Day, faithful readers! And that means it’s time to celebrate her super-heroes. Some of you might not realize this, but our neighbors to the North have delivered quite a few interesting heroes over the years. So, for your enjoyment, here's a list of five of our favorites.

CAPTAIN CANUCK: Though many American readers might not be familiar with the character, Captain Canuck has a strong fan-base behind him. Introduced in 1975, Tom Evans was an agent of the Canadian International Security Organization who was later given enhanced strength and speed by aliens. The C.I.S.O. funded Evans to become the anti-terrorist superhero Captain Canuck and his adventures were published sporadically over the next several years. He was even featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times in 1980. Read More...

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Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesBy Terri Schwartz

With Monday’s announcement of the newest installment in the DC Universe animated films, it seemed only natural to compare Superman and Batman’s run as "Public Enemies" to Johnny Depp’s turn as John Dillinger, the legendary American bank robber headlining Michael Mann’s film “Public Enemies,” out in theaters today.

Romantic Chemistry: While Batman and Superman don’t make nearly as pretty a couple as Depp’s Dillinger and Marion Cotillard’s Billie, the chemistry between both characters (at least in Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ six issue run) is definitely there. With Lex Luthor as the main villain trying to get rid of DC’s two most recognizable heroes, Superman would be the Dillinger character here… making Batman DC’s own Marion Cotillard. He has a bit more whoop-ass in him than Cotillard’s Billie, but she certainly can give him a run for his money when it comes to withstanding torture. Read More...

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Transformers: Revenge of the FallenFROM MOVIES BLOG: Over the years, the Transformers have occasionally crossed over with other fun franchises. There have been Transformers/"Star Wars" toys. The Autobots teamed up with Marvel’s New Avengers team. There have been several comics in which the Transformers worked against or alongside the G.I. Joe team. In one of the early comic issues, the Autobot called Cliffjumper even teamed up with the amazing Spider-Man.

In the movie world, plenty have enjoyed similar team-ups. Look at "Freddy Vs. Jason" or "Aliens Vs. Predator." With "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" freshly released in theaters, why not push the envelope a bit further? Here's a list of some crossovers that I think would be a lot fun to watch, each supplied with my own idea of how the story could bring the characters together. Enjoy!

Check out the full list of "Transformers Crossovers We'd Like To See" over at MoviesBlog.MTV.com.

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