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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: March 1984
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 21

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Snake-Eyes rescues Scarlett from Destro's Cobra stronghold.

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Notes of Interest

The Silent Issue

Arguably the greatest Joe story ever told. Written and drawn by Larry Hama, but without a word in it. Various comic book writers have said that they received inspiration from this issue.

The first appearance of Storm Shadow. It also hints at a link between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes: they both have the same tattoo.

Major Players

The Joes: Snake Eyes, Scarlett

Cobra: Storm Shadow, Destro, Cobra Commander

Creative Team

Story and Breakdowns: Larry Hama,
Finishes: Steve Leialoha,
Coloring: George Roussos,
Editor: Dennis O'Neil,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Larry Hama and Klaus Janson

Full Details

A C.L.A.W. jetpack soars towards Destro's mountain castle, carrying Storm Shadow, who is holding onto a wrapped-up prisoner. It lands in Cobra Commander's throne room, and Storm Shadow cuts open the prisoner's wrapping, revealing it to be Scarlett. A surprised Cobra Commander orders her to be placed in the dungeon. Far outside, a C-130 cargo plane flies towards the castle in the moonlight. The rear cargo ramp opens to reveal Snake Eyes, who jumps from it, parachuting for the castle. Meanwhile, Storm Shadow attempts to show affection to Scarlett. She quickly bites him, prompting him to leave her alone in the dungeon.

Destro is in his chambers longing for the Baroness, but also studying the radar. It reveals that an aircraft just flew by, but states successful airborne insertion to the castle is almost impossible. Nevertheless, Snake Eyes successfully lands undetected. Scarlett pulls a clip from her hair, and frees herself from her chains. Storm Shadow returns to the dungeon only to be ambushed by Scarlett, who quickly escapes. Snake Eyes stealthfully wipes out Cobra guards on the roof, sending one falling by Destro's window. Destro promptly gathers troops to find the intruder. A wounded troop on the roof points the Cobras to the other side of the castle. Once they are out of site, the troop pulls off his uniform, revealing himself to be Snake Eyes in disguise.

Storm Shadow calls forth his three red ninja warriors. Scarlett steals a C.L.A.W. jetpack from Cobra troops. Storm Shadow's ninjas attempt to ambush Snake Eyes, who quickly defeats them, using both martial arts and even a grenade. As Scarlett flies off to escape, she sees Storm Shadow throwing a sword at Snake Eyes. She quickly lands in front of her fellow Joe to take the sword instead. But Snake Eyes reaches around her, claps his hands together, catching the sword and flings it away. The Joes fly off to their freedom, but as they leave, it is shown that Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow both share a similar tattoo on their right forearms.

By Jeff Edburg


The 2nd Print is #21 with a Black Spider-Man on the cover. And it DOES NOT say 3rd Print on the indicia. There is no official GI Joe #21 that has ever been found to have the typed phrase "2nd Print" on the inside cover. There appears to be no cover difference between the 2nd & 3rd Prints.

The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1980s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #21. 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