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G.I. Joe Classified Duke

By Hervé St-Louis

Sergeant Conrad S. Hauser was introduced to the G.I. Joe as their first sergeant and in the A Real American Hero cartoon series as their field commander. Duke was created by Hasbro to serve as the very man model hero of the team as opposed to being a more organic member of the team, like the original 1982 crew. A mail-order only exclusive action figure in 1983, he was finally available to all kids in 1984. Duke has been controversial not because he is a bad character, but because his presence, many felt, shelved the actual commander of the team, Hawk who looked much like Duke in terms of archetypes. The question asked was why create Duke when there is already someone doing his job that looks like him. Was Duke necessary? Well, in practice, Hasbro has answered this question many times and does so again with the G.I. Joe...   More

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