#011 THE PIPELINE PLOY!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: May 1983
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 11
In Alaska, the GI Joe team is fighting against Cobra to protect an oil pipeline. New Joe team members show up to help in the fight. An unseen Cobra specialist (Destro) is trying to steal plutonium from a nuclear power plant. The Joes are able foil him and prevent Cobra from getting such a powerful weapon.
Notes of Interest
First indication of new characters for the series.
Destro is seen in shadow.
First Appearance: Airborne, Doc, Gung-Ho, Snow Job, Wild Bill & Destro
Baroness and Destro's past are hinted at.
The Joes: Airborne, Doc, Gung-Ho, Hawk, Rock 'n' Roll, Snow Job, Snake-Eyes, Zap
Additional Joe Appearances: Breaker, General Flagg, Grand Slam, Scarlett, Short-Fuse, Steeler, Wild Bill
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro
Writer: Larry Hama,
Penciler: Mike Vosburg,
Inks: Jon D'Agostino,
Letterer: Rick Parker,
Colorist: Christie Scheele,
Editor: Denny O'Neil,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Bob Camp
The Joes are in a complex battle in Alaska and have ambushed a Cobra column of tanks. The Cobra's returned fire and destroyed all of the Joe team's heavy hardware causing many injuries. The Joe team is now pinned down by a small force as the main body of the Cobra column moves on to its next objective, oil pipeline pumping station #1.
New Joe member Wild Bill brings in reinforcements and will help evacuate the injured Joes. As Doc, Snow Job and Gung-Ho unload supplies; the injured Steeler, Breaker, Short Fuse, and Grand Slam are loaded into the helicopter. As Wild Bill takes off to the Joe base camp, Hawk leads Snake-Eyes, Rock 'n' Roll, Gung-Ho, Snow Job and Doc on a mission catch up with the remainder of the Cobra column at the pumping station #1.
In Springfield, Cobra Commander has dispatched his new specialist, actually a Cobra field general, to lead the troops in gaining plutonium from a nuclear plant in Alaska. This specialist is actually Destro, although his name isn't given, nor is his head ever shown. As Cobra Commander introduces the specialist to the Baroness her response is "We've already met", much to his surprise.
The Joe team arrives at pumping station #1. The main part of the Cobra column, now lead by the Specialist, has moved off toward their primary objective, a nuclear power plant. A small group of Cobras have been left behind to load plague toxin canisters. These canisters are to be loaded into the oil pipeline that is connected to pumping station #1. Hawk leads the assault on the pumping station, during the attack they rupture several of the plague toxin canisters, causing them all to be infected and giving them only six hours left to live, unless they get the antidote from the specialist.
So Snow Job, Doc and Snake-Eyes then take off to catch up with the main Cobra column at the nuclear power plant. As Gung-Ho, Hawk and Rock 'n' Roll secure pumping station #1.
The specialist has stolen plutonium from the nuclear planet and has moved on to pumping station #2.
Some additional air support comes when Wild Bill drops another new Joe, Airborne, to help Snake-Eyes. Then he and Zap move onto pumping station #2 where the specialist has set up a plan to send the stolen plutonium through the pipeline to pumping station #3 for further extraction out of Alaska. Wild Bill is able to stop this plan, and Doc retrieves the antidote from the specialist as he escapes.
The plutonium is recovered at pumping station #3 and all the Joes are injected with the antidote, all surviving to fight another day.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen
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