G.I. Joe is dead. R.I.P. Rest in Peace. I have followed the property continuously since 1982 when I bought most of the first series "straight arms" off the shelf. I read every issue of the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic book series straight off the shelf beginning at issue seven. I was more a fan of the comics than of the Sunbow cartoon series but I have still seen every one of them.
Even through the "dark years" of the late 1990s when there weren't any G.I. Joe products on the shelf, I continued to be a fan, collecting figures off of eBay and flea markets. I didn't even hate the movies. Ok, the first one was a little rough, but I don't hate it. I am as hardcore a G.I. Joe fan and collector as you will find. While I'm not a famous or a well known member of the online community, I watch all the videos from the greats like FormBX257 and Hooded Cobra Commander 788. I am a big fan of GIJoburg podcast, Joe on Joe, Star Joes…
Hello! I'm Karl Stern from the When It Was Cool website and probably half a dozen podcasts you may or may not listen to on a regular basis. I'm just a normal guy with a normal family probably just like you. In fact, this picture is my wife (Tonya from When It Was Cool) and I just hanging out in a giant chair at Jerry Lawler's restaurant on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
Years (and years, and years) ago, I began writing a small little pro wrestling newsletter. Eventually it grew into a larger pro wrestling newsletter called the DragonKing Press Newsletter all about wrestling history. During that time I had a pretty good size pro wrestling website dealing with wrestling history and interviewing the stars we all grew up with. Later, I merged all of that into Bryan Alvarez's fantastic F4WOnline.com website which later merged with Dave Meltzer's incredible Wrestling Observer, creating the best pro wrestling news and information site on the internet.
If you listen to virtually any podcast you have heard the plugs over and over again - "Please use our links to buy through Amazon!" For several years, way before we launched When It Was Cool, back when I was only doing the DragonKingKarl blog, I used Amazon ads. I have never made significant money off of them. I recently reviewed my Amazon payments for the last few years and found that, despite buying all my own products via my links, that I had earned virtually no money from their affiliate programs.
I decided today to, once and for all, kill the ads. Aside from a few that will remain in the archives on individual article pages, I removed all of the them from the main page and will not be including them in future articles. Why?
They were a waste of time for our website.
Perhaps you might do well with them but they have never performed for us. While they are easy to insert and easy to code but my time is better spent providing content for Patreon than wasting my time se…