Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: July 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 114
This one man tank stopper takes on some of the Joe's heavy equipment, but just before the final showdown, the hostilities in Trucial Abysmia are called off, as the Emir of Benzheen has made a deal with Cobra in exchange for the pullout of all troops. On Cobra Island, Cobra troops inspecting the old freighter discover that most of them have died from food poisoning. Zartan and Billy are the only apparent escapees.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of Metal Head
Metal Head's targeting device doesn't say MARS on it. It says Stark Inc (see Iron Man comics).
Zartan & Billy have escaped from the buried Freighter. Confirmed deaths of Dr. Mindbender, Raptor, Tyronne, Captian Minh, Voltar, Fred VII, Croc Master
Flint Dossier, Art by Michael Golden
Joes: Dusty, Hot Seat, Rock 'N Roll, Salvo, Steeler, Hawk, Flint
Cobras: Metal Head, Cobra Commander
Other: Emir of Benzheen, Salim (Emir's bodyguard)
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: John Statema,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Andy Kubert
Dusty, Rock N Roll and Salvo are riding in the Hammer, a lightly armored vehicle, Steeler is driving the Pulverizer and Hot seat is in the Raider. The three vehicles make short work of a few HISS II tanks. The drivers of the two tracked vehicles, Steeler and Hot Seat make fun of the Joes in the Hammer, saying they are basically there to get them coffee.
In Quagmarth, a neutral state bordering Trucial Abysmia and Benzheen, the Emir is having a clandestine meeting. The location of the meeting appears to be a rough seedy bar. He has set up a meeting with none other than Cobra Commander.
Meanwhile the trio of Joe vehicles continues onward; they are attacked by Metal Head, a one man missile launcher. He has the element of surprise and destroys the Pulverizer mildly injuring Steeler. Metal Head leaves and Steeler adding insult to injury turns down Dusty's offer for him to ride with them. He chooses to ride shotgun in the Raider. The two now take off chasing Metal Head into an alley.
The Emir, not pleased with Cobra Commander's price for him to buy back his country, calls in his assassins. They barely make it into the door of the place when they are gunned down. A Night Creeper deals with Salim, the Emir's bodyguard. Another Night Creeper puts a knife to the Emir's neck.
The Raider runs into a dragon's teeth tank trap. The Hammer can't follow but the Raider goes ahead, forcing the Hammer to make a detour. Before they can do so Metal Head destroys the Hammer. Dusty noticed the attack coming and bailed out the three Joes before they got hit. Metal Head goes into a sewer locking it up behind him. Dusty Rock N Roll and Salvo are now on foot. Hot Seat and Steeler find Metal Head and follow him right into another trap. Metal Head brings a whole building down on them. Buried in rubble the Raider slowly digs its way out. Metal Head stops them by blowing off their tracks. Now a sitting duck Steeler and Hot Seat are trapped and the canopy won't open. Dusty and the other two arrive and keep Metal Head busy so he can't get a lock on the Raider. Just as the firefight intensifies, there is a radio message relayed to both Cobra and Joe to cease fire. Cobra is pulling out and; no longer welcomed by the Emir the Joes too must leave.
On Cobra Island a group of Vipers is investigating the buried freighter (issue 98) they find a tunnel dug out from the inside. They call in Techno-vipers and Toxo-vipers as reinforcements. They find several bodies that appear to have died of botulism. There are two bodies missing, Zartan and Billy.
Summary by Ted Jacobson