on Question 1 TOugh to SAy
Q2 they might have I think they tried to focus on what was in stores when certain episodes were made. Which is why some characters like Grand Slam were seen sparsely if at all.
Q3. That they did
Q/P for. The outcryover Optimus Prime changed that.
Q4 HArd to say but some of it might be Greater Peg exposure at the time.
Technically Flint did outrank Duke but I think Scarlett would have Outranked Lady Jaye (Scarlett was a Sergeant and Lady Jaye a Corporal.
BUT I think in Special OPS Units the lines between command and rank are sometimes Blurred. (Look at all the Fanfic types who consider Beach HEad (who is a Staff Sergeant possible Sergeant FirstClass at the most) as a Sergeant Major when Duke (The First Sergeant) being a MAster Sergeant outranks Beach Head no matter what.
The Line of COmmand established in Arise Serpentor Arise Part 1 was Hawk, Duke, Flint, Beach Head.
I'm more of a Hawk guy. And he was the leader since 1982!
I did not know this. Iím guessing it was in the comics and action figure cardbacks, because the cartoon had not come out yet.
Thatís interesting because I would think the cartoon would leave the most emotional impact. Arenít the cartoons the ultimate, dominant canon?
Are the toys and comics more powerful than the cartoons.
When I saw Duke at the start of this intro charging out of the gates in his motorcycle, and in the middle leading his men in a firefight, and at the end standing in the center of his troops with Scarlett all in front of the American flag with there arms raised and pumping in victory:
That was it. Duke was and will always be in my mind the leader of GI Joe.