#116 DESTRO MUST DIE
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: September 1991
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 116
Cobra Commander puts a twenty million dollar contract out on Destro, who is being surreptitously aided by the Joes. Zartan and Billy also turn up to help when the battle starts.
Notes of Interest
1st part of the Destro Search & Destroy Trilogy
Roadblock Profile, Art by Michael Golden
The Joes: Lady Jaye, Flint, Hawk, Big Ben, Chuckles (as McHeath, Destro's game keeper), Lift Ticket, Low Light, Roadblock, Snake-Eyes
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Tomax, Xamot, Metal Head.
Other: Destro, Baroness, Billy, Zartan.
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Rod Whigham,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Letters: Rick Parker,
Color: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Michael Golden
A squad of Vipers checks the freighter on Cobra Island, and reports to Cobra Commander that all the bodies have been accounted for except for Zartan and Billy. They also report that an aircraft is missing. Cobra Commander is upset, so Tomax and Xamot try to cheer him up with the profits from Benzheen. That doesn't work, so Tomax suggests that they start with the "Destro Operation."
In Scotland, Destro and Baroness watch a housing development being built. Baroness worries that it is a Cobra front, but Destro reassures her that his security people have checked it all out. On their way back to the castle they discover a large cord for a power generator. MacHeath, Destro's gameskeeper, interrupts them. After Destro and Baroness leave, MacHeath gives the all clear signal into a radio.
Low-Light, Big Ben and Flint subdue a local worker, and by checking his brand of underwear, realize he is not really a local. The Joes have a run in with Zartan and Billy, but they are able to escape.
Metal Head reports to Destro that Cobra Commander may be planning a strike against him. Destro seems unconcerned by this, even though Metal Head had been working for Cobra Commander.
The next morning, Hawk, Lady Jaye and Snake Eyes arrive. As Flint is briefing them on the situation, Cobra Commander leads a strike against the castle.
Destro seems ready for the strike, but showed no concern the night before in case there were spies. MacHeath assists in trying to fight off Cobra in a Razorback. As MacHeath destroys some buildings in the housing development, Destro realizes what has happened. The workers were all hypnotized with a Brainwave Scanner, and they've been digging under the castle to set explosive charges.
MacHeath, who reveals that he's actually Chuckles, takes Destro and Baroness out of range of the castle. Cobra Commander pursues, but is only able to capture the Baroness before Zartan and Billy rescue Destro and Chuckles in a helicopter. Destro wanted to stay to help the Baroness, but Billy knocks him out with a nerve hold.