Classic ‘G.I. Joe’ Action Figure Packaging Artist Hector Garrido Dies At 92

Hector Garrido, the artist who painted the illustrations featured on classic GI Joe toy packaging, has passed away at age 92.

Artist Hector Garrido passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 19, 2020. Perhaps best known for painting the artwork on classic GI Joe: A Real American Hero action figure packages, Hector Garrido also did the artwork for The Three InvestigatorsThe Hardy BoysNancy Drew, and Baroness.

Here is an excerpt from Hector Garrido bio:

“I am Argentinian by birth; I studied art in Buenos Aires.

As a young artist I immigrated to the United States. I was professionally active here beginning in the 1950s. Beginning around 2000, I went into semi-retirement, painting devotional subjects. I am now retired.

I am best known to fans of GI Joe and for such book series such as The Three Investigators (I painted all the Crimebusters covers), Danny Dunn, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Destroyer (Remo Williams), and the Baroness.

My original artwork for GI Joe was featured on the 1980s-era merchandise packaging. For book publishers, I painted the covers of numerous sci-fi, (gothic) romance, and thriller/horror books. Perhaps most notably in the horror genre, I painted the iconic covers for TM Wright’s “Strange Seed”/”Children” series. I was also a Time Magazine cover artist, and my 1969 cover, “Astronauts” is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

For much of my career, I created collector plates for the Bradford Exchange. My plate “Our Lady of Lourdes” sold over 1 million copies.

Fans can still check out some of Hector Garrido’s original artwork at Flickr.

The GI Joe film franchise will continue with spin-off centered on the origins of Henry Golding’s Snake Eyes as he seeks revenge against the man who murdered his father and trains under a group of shadowy assassins known as the Arashikage ninja clan. Paramount Pictures and Hasbro had previously assembled a writer’s room led by Akiva Goldsman in the spring of 2016 to develop a cinematic universe based on the toyline properties Micronauts, Visionaries, and M.A.S.K., as well as a reboot of the G.I. Joe franchise following 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I Joe: Retaliation, which featured Ray Park in the role of Snake Eyes.

Directed by Robert Schwentke from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Snake Eyes star Henry Golding as the titular character, Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Iko Uwais as Hard Master, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, and Steven Allerick as Ninja Commando. Actors Haruka Abe and Takehiro Hira have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

Snakes Eyes is scheduled to be released in theaters on October 23, 2020.

Source: Flickr

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