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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: January 1984
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 19

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The Joes battle Cobra above G.I. Joe HQ. Major Bludd escapes with the wounded Baroness. Many characters die.

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Notes of Interest

Significant turn-around issue. General Flagg, Dr. Venom, Scarface and Kwinn all die in this issue.

First appearance of the Joe pre-fab fortress, known as Joe headquarters in the toy world. First appearance of Cobra's S.N.A.K.E. battle armor and the G.I. Joe P.A.C./R.A.T.S. The issue came with a Snake Eyes pin-up, and the corner cover picture of Grunt was replaced for one issue with a sketch of fill-in editor Linda Grant in an army helmet, surrounded by explosions.

Major Players

The Joes: General Flagg, Hawk, Ace, Doc, Clutch, Breaker, Cover Girl, Flash, Grand Slam, Gung-Ho, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Short-Fuse, Snake Eyes, Stalker, Snow Job, Steeler, Torpedo, Wild Bill, Zap

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Baroness, Destro, Major Bludd, Dr. Venom, Scarface

Additional characters: Kwinn

Creative Team

Scripter: Larry Hama,
Pencil Breakdowns: Mike Vosburg,
Finishes: Jon D'Agostino,
Letterer: Rick Parker,
Colors: George Roussos,
Editor: Linda Grant,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Vosburg

Full Details

Scar-face warns the Joes of the plague toxin that he is infected with. Hawk believes him, but understands the Cobra plan is more than it seems. Their plan isn't to just wipe out the Joe team with the plague, but to see where in the country an emergency quarantine will take place. That would reveal to them the location of Joe headquarters. Hawk orders the construction of the Joe pre-fab fortress on the surface in the motor pool garage, above the PIT. The prisoners Major Bludd and the Baroness are moved to the surface base. Fake security procedures and quarantine start. The chaplain's assistants are bussed off to California. Cobra sees these procedures happen, and believe they have found Joe headquarters.

As this happens, Snake Eyes and Kwinn find Dr. Venom in his private lab. Before Kwinn can kill him, Cobra arrives and tries to rescue him. Snake Eyes finds S.N.A.K.E. body armor and sees it as the only way to stand up to a swarm of attacking Cobra troops. He puts a suit on, but doesn't realize that it has a mind control function built into it. Snake Eyes unwillingly knocks out Kwinn, and the battle is over. The Cobra attack force flies towards Joe headquarters, fires missiles, and blows up the motor pool garage.

As the smoke clears, the Joe pre-fab fortress is revealed, and the Cobra's are thrilled at finding Joe headquarters. The Joes send out the P.A.C./R.A.T.S. against the H.I.S.S. tanks. Dr. Venom sends in Snake Eyes and Kwinn, both in S.N.A.K.E. armor, to wipe out the P.A.C./R.A.T.S. Kwinn is shot free of his armor, and runs back to kill Dr. Venom. Major Bludd breaks out of his cell, kills General Flagg, escapes with the Baroness and leaves Scar face to die in the Joe base. Before Kwinn can shove a grenade down Venom's throat, he realizes he is doing an evil act of the weasel, and lets him go. Venom shoots Kwinn in the back, and Kwinn drops the grenade he was carrying, which blows up at Dr. Venom's feet. The Cobra's destroy the Joe fortress, and leave thinking they have won, although they never found the PIT.

Summary By Jeff Edburg


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