#115 COUNTING COUP
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: August 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 115
The end of the Trucial Abysmia/Gulf of Benzheen storyline, as the Joe's stealth fighter is used to snap some surveillance photos showing Terror Dromes being constructed in the area.
Notes of Interest
Hawk's engraved wristband says: to Clayton (heart) always Roxy.
Dusty Dossier, Art by Ron Wagner
In what appears to be a continuity error Slipstream turns into Dogfight in the middle of the story.
Joes: Ace, Dog Fight, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Keel Haul, Slipstream, Backblast, Rampart, Ghost Rider, Mainframe, Backblast, Keel Haul
Cobras: Cobra Commander, Wild Weasel
Other: Emir of Benzheen
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: Ron Wagner
Ace and Dog Fight crash-land a Skystriker on the deck of the USS Flagg. They were on a recon mission over supposedly friendly territory. This news leads Hawk to believe that Cobra Commander and the Emir really have made a deal. He decides it is time to send in the stealth.
Hawk is briefing Ghost Rider but can't remember his codename so he refers to him as Capt Jeffries. He tells him Slipstream will be his back seat man.
They take off from the Flagg and are on their way. Ghost Rider lets Slipstream take the controls as he opens his top secret mission orders.
The Emir is having another meeting with the Commander. He is upset that the Skystriker was shot at. Cobra Commander physically pins the Emir against a wall threatening to twist off his head and reminds him of what their deal consisted of. A Televiper comes in and reports that a Condor witnessed the Skystriker crash landing and another aircraft took off shortly after that and is heading towards the gulf.
Wild Weasel is flying picket duty in a Rattler when the stealth zips by him, nothing shows up on his instruments but he sees the plane against the horizon and pursues. Unable to use his targeting systems Wild Weasel uses his gatling gun. Worried; Slipstream calls Ghost Rider Stealthy and in turn Ghost Rider calls him Dogfight (perhaps). The stealth leads the Rattler to the coast where Rampart and Backblast are waiting, the pair shoot down the Rattler. Cobra Commander responds by filling the air with all manner of planes and alerting all his ASP emplacements and Adders. He then cuts off all power to the city. The stealth pilot sees the city go dark, and then sees several hundred specks in the sky only to figure out that they are actually Cobra's air contingent. Ghost Rider takes the stealth low, very low, riding the interstate. They reach an overpass and are forced to climb right into spotlights. The sky is filled with antiaircraft fire. The X-19 finds its target and he pushes the button on the joystick.
Soon Hawk is holding a picture of a Firebat launching out of a Terrordrome. He congratulates Dog Fight (actually Slipstream?) and the stealth pilot; who he still calls Captain Jeffries as he can't remember his codename. The two ask to be excused and go to check on their plane. They have a discussion about how the Sioux used sticks to touch their enemy and "count coup" as they look at the mangled wreckage of the stealth on the flight deck.
Summary by Ted Jacobson