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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1984
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 22

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The Joes are repairing The Pit after a Cobra attack. Snake-Eyes flies off to bury Kwinn. The Joes attend General Flagg's funeral, Dr. Venom is buried in Potter's field and finally Major Bludd takes the badly burned Baroness to a Dr. Hundtkinder in Switzerland to repair her body.

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Notes of Interest

First Appearance: Duke & Roadblock

The funeral of General Flagg.

Introduction of Dr. Hundtkinder, a Swiss plastic surgeon.

Diagram of the new Pit.

Scarlett's capture is explained. (see issue #21).

Major Players

The Joes: Airbourne, Breaker, Clutch, Cover Girl, Duke, Grunt, Gung-Ho, Hawk, Flash, Roadblock, Rock 'n' Roll, Scarlett, Short-Fuse, Snake-Eyes, Snow Job, Stalker, Tripwire, Torpedo, Wild Bill, Zap

Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Major Bludd, Dr. Venom (deceased)

Additional Characters: Kwinn (deceased), Dr. Hundtkinder

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Breakdowns: Mike Vosburg,
Finishes: Jon D'Agostino,
Letters: Rick Parker,
Colors: George Roussos,
Editor: Denny O'Neil,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Klaus Janson

Full Details

Different sets of Joe team members are repairing the badly damaged Pit. Gung-Ho is able to avoid a major collapse by hammer a support column into place with his bare fists, Torpedo stops a leak, Cover Girl & Snow Job clean the kitchen and Hawk reveals plans for the new and improved Pit. In Springfield, Cobra Commander is shooting targets, as Destro asks why the prototype Cobra Tanksmasher, soon to be called the Rattler, is being sent on a mission. Cobra Commander has learned about the funeral of General Flagg and he plans to wipe out the entire Joe force in one attack.

In Switzerland, Major Bludd brings the badly burned Baroness to the Bern Institute of Reconstructive Surgery. She is introduced to Dr. Hundtkinder, who will be doing the surgeries to repair her face and body after being blown up in a HISS tank accident that gave her burns over 80% of her body.

Snake-Eyes, having returned from rescuing Scarlett, collects Kwinn's dead body, along with several mementos and flies them, with help from Wild Bill, to a beautiful spot along the ocean, where Snake-Eyes puts the body and the mementos in a kayak and pushes it out to sea.

At the same time, in Potter's Field New York, Dr. Venom is buried with the winos and John Doe's of New York City.

At Arlington National Cemetery, the entire GI Joe team is assembled and in dress uniform for the burial of General Flagg. After the process and as the body is about to be lowered into the ground, a Cobra Rattler comes screaming at them with its missiles armed. Stalker grabs the flag from the coffin and runs for cover as do the rest of the Joes. Out of nowhere the Rattler is riddled with bullets and crashes. On the nearby hillside is Duke and Roadblock, the new top sergeant and heavy machine gunner, who have just shot down the Rattler and saved all of the Joes.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


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