I can just see him in a brainstorming session:
"You know wasn't Duke a Cobra once? Like in black, with a big stick or something?'
Mouths swing open, then shut, as people remember payday is tomorrow and SOMEBODY has to sign the checks.
"Uhm, Yeah, sure Josh whatever, let's make Duke a Cobra'
"In black...with a whomping stick!'
Thankfully they managed to convince him to drop the whomping stick.
Seriously tho', it was a pretty good twist. I enjoyed seeing the cartoon zombies precious Duke turned into a bad guy.
I don't remember ever seeing any of those commercials.
Wasn't watching much tv during those years.