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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1984
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 20

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Clutch goes on leave, and finds out his best friend is in the unwilling employ of Cobra.

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Notes of Interest

One of the very few issues not written by Larry Hama. Tells a lot about the life of Clutch.

Major Players

The Joes: Clutch, Airborne, Hawk, Doc, Breaker, Stalker, Gung-Ho, Scarlett, Flash, Wild Bill, Rock 'n' Roll

Others: Billy Kline (Clutch's friend)

Creative Team

Writer: Steven Grant,
Penciler: Geof Isherwood,
Inkers: D'Agostino & Tartag,
Letterer: Rick Parker,
Colorist: George Roussos,
Editor: Dennis O'Neil,
Commander in Chief: Jim Shooter,
Cover Artist: John Byrne

Full Details

The story starts out with a bunch of Joes training in a field camp. Clutch is in the lead, because he knows as soon as he's done, he gets to go home for a week's vacation. Even being late for the bus to New Jersey won't stop him: he stops the VAMP right in front of it! When he reaches his home town, his old high school friend Billy Kline picks him up and offers him a stay at his experimental engine factory. The Joe happily accepts, but soon overhears Billy fighting with someone. Feeling concern, Clutch secretly follows Billy to a top secret room in the factory, and runs into Cobra troops! After defeating a few of them, he attempts to rescue Billy, who betrays Clutch and knocks him out. Clutch awakens later as a prisoner of Cobra. Billy explains that he has to work for Cobra because they are holding his family hostage. The Cobra officer in charge straps an experimental compact jetpack onto the tied-up Clutch and flies him off to his potential demise. Little did he know, the regretful Billy slipped Clutch a knife, which the Joe uses to cut himself free. He later finds an old shop teacher and borrows a heavily armored car from him. He uses this car to crash into Billy's house and rescue his family.

Clutch calls the Joe team in to attack the factory. They easily sneak in, but the Cobra officer escapes with a jetpack. Clutch straps on another jetpack, and after a high-speed dogfight, defeats the Cobra, sending him to a explosive death. After all is said and done, Clutch realizes that he's had all the rest and relaxation that he can stand!By Jeff Edburg


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The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1990s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #20. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 3 - The Slick Number Era - May 1978 - September 1986