The Original Release of the G.I. Joe Action Figure Toy, the Etymology of “G.I. Joe”, and the Many Career Changes of G.I. Joe

The original GI Joe toy was released in 1964. The acronym “GI” stood for “government issue”. Due to negative public perception in respect to the Vietnam War, GI Joe had his role changed multiple times over with reiterations including an astronaut soldier and an underwater soldier alongside other various topical and trending career combinations to separate himself from his original concept of a Vietnam War soldier and veteran...

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