Joe Ahearn

Product Development & Graphics

Joe enjoys every step of the product development process seeing things through from beginning to end whether it be roughest sketch to completed comic book or working toy or collectible. A graduate of Montclair State University, Joe has spent 20 years by day as a Commercial Insurance Professional as an underwriter and more recently as a broker negotiating terms and conditions on many Fortune 1000 accounts too numerous to list.  Joe has spent time working for several of the industry leading firms including Aon Risk Services and Willis North America  where he has built up his account management and negotiation skill sets.

Joe’s love for all things retro lead him to a hobby which he has turned into a successful business venture. In the mid 1990s, he began recollecting some of the original action figure sets he had as a boy from both GIJOE and Captain Action. When Hasbro began to reissue the original GIJOEs as collectibles, it lead Joe to the idea of doing the same for Captain Action.

Joe spearheaded the Captain’s return to toy shelves  in 1998 after a two year battle, brokering the concept to a mid west toy and collectibles company called Playing Mantis who had recently had much success reviving the Johnny Lightning brand of die cast cars from the 60s and also reissuing all of the old monster and figural hobby kits made by Aurora in the 60s and 70s.  Joe was hired as a product development consultant to the line during its run.

Subsequently, Joe partnered with a well known artist in the world of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth style monster car art John Detrich and together they brokered their monster die cast car line CREEPSTERS to Playing Mantis which was released in Toys RUs & Kmart in 2003.

There’s something to be said for being at the right place at the right time and Joe was, allowing him to acquire the rights to Captain Action in 2005, partner with Ed Catto and establish Captain Action Enterprises which continues to grow and flourish.

Joe  continues to work in Insurance by day and currently attends Graphic Design school at the Anthem Institute in Parsippany NJ  at night. He has also started some freelance design, while also handling many of CA Enterprise’s graphic design needs.

Joe lives in New Jersey with his own Action Boy who shares his Dad’s love for baseball and appreciates all of Dad’s vintage collectibles.
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