Just seen this on the GI Joe Collectors Club Facebook page: 'It is with great sadness that we pass along news that one of the original creators of 12" G.I. Joe, Don Levine, has passed away. Services will be held at Sunday in Providence, RI at Temple Bethel.
We send our condolences to his family on behalf of the Club membership and G.I. Joe fans the world over. Thank you, sir, for making growing up a little bit better. The man who gave us the term "action figure". May he rest in peace.'