THE HOUR OF THE IRON CLAW AND FROM THE ASHES PART 1
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: December 1995
Series: G.I. Joe Extreme
Issue Number: 1
Iron Klaw tries to kidnap Professor Reyland the inventor of Ferti-gel. GIJOE Extreme is sent after him. Then they are delegated the duty of protecting the Professor at the unveiling of Ferti-gel. Unknown to anyone, Count Von Raini is killed by Iron Klaw, who then takes his place.
Notes of Interest
Cover by Frank Miller.
Skar: Iron Klaw, Duchess
GIJOE Extreme: Black Dragon, Freight, Lt. Stone, Mayday, Metalhead, Quick Stryke, Harpoon, Ballistic, Sgt. Savage, Short Fuze, Tall Sally, Mr. Clancy
Other: Professor Reyland, Count Van Raini
"The Hour of the Iron Claw" - Writer: Mike W. Barr, Penciller: Tatsuya Ishida, Inkers: Scott Reed & Tatsua Ishida. "From the Ashes Part 1" - Writer: Mike W. Barr, Story: Mike Richardson, Artist: Jerry Bingham Cover Artist: Frank Miller Both Stories - Colorist: David Nestelle, Letterer: Tracey Hampton-Muxsey, Desinger: Gary Grazzini, Editor: Philip Amara, Publisher: Mike Richardson
Iron Klaw has captured Professor Reyland the creator of Ferti-gel. He wants the formula for this new product. He is interrupted by GIJOE Extreme who attacks his forces and rescues the Professor. Iron Klaw makes his escape and is pursued by Quick Stryke and Ballistic.
Two recruits Short Fuze and Tall Sally are welcomed to the team. It seems Metalhead is romantically involved with Tall Sally. Their celebration of a successful mission is short-lived however. Mr. Clancy briefs them on a new mission. Professor Reyland is to be protected at the public unveiling of the Ferti-gel.
Count Alaric Von Raini, Ruler of Kalistan attends the unveiling, as he is eager to see how this new product can help relieve his famine stricken country.
Back at Skar Headquarters Klaw and the Duchess plot to steal the Ferti-gel. Her goal is to use it to get back in power once again as her family has been ruler of her country for generations.
At Extreme headquarters Ballistic makes the mistake of hitting on Mayday and gets tossed in the air for his efforts. Short Fuze talks to his pregnant wife on a video phone; Lt Stone interrupts the conversation to tell him to get ready for the mission.
Mayday, Tall Sally, and the rest of the team go incognito in formal attire to the event. Outside, the Iron Klaw replaces the honor guard with his own troops. Once inside Lt. Stone notices something different about their boots, it is too late however despite their efforts and the fight that follows; Iron Klaw kills Count Raini and replaces him without their knowing.
From the Ashes: The tale starts out as a father son bonding story on the Fourth of July 1976 the Bicentennial. They watch fireworks together and discuss patriotism and duty and honor. At bedtime the boy asks for a GIJOE story, then that night he dreams he is a GIJOE.
Fast Forward to 1990, terrorist attacks on military bases occur. Then an investigative team is bombed destroying the building they are in. One of the team members survives, badly injured, he meets with the President. The President puts him in charge of a secret project to find soldiers with extraordinary physical abilities. They name the program, Project G.I.
Summary by Ted Jacobson