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#025 ZARTAN!



Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: July 1984
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 25

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Storm Shadow taken to Alcatraz after being captured at the end of the last issue. Gung-Ho, wounded by Storm Shadow, notices that Snake-Eyes has the same tattoo that Storm Shadow has on his left arm. Storm Shadow escapes from Alcatraz. Wild Bill's frustration with Deep Six is pretty entertaining.

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Notes of Interest

Cobra first full appearances: Zartan, Firefly and Wild Weasel & the Dreadnoks, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch.

The Joe team first appearances: Cutter, Mutt & Junkyard, Tripwire and Deep Six.

Get to see G.I. Jane, the Joe's freighter!

Major Players

The Joes: Duke, Roadblock, Gung-Ho, Zap, Airbourne, Torpedo, Mutt & Junkyard, Deep Six, Cutter, Wild Bill

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow, Destro, Baroness, Firefly, Wild Weasel, Zartan, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Frank Springer,
Inks: Mike Gustovich,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Colors: George Roussos,
Editor: Denny O'Neil,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck and John R. Beatty

Full Details

The story opens with Storm Shadow being boated out to Alcatraz, where he is to be held prisoner. Of course, he doesn't plan to stay.

The plot then moves to the Florida Everglades, where the Commander, Destro and the Baroness are on their way to meet Zartan. They discover that his headquarters is a super-high-tech structure, made out to look like a run-down junky shack in the swamp, via holograms.

In the Gulf of Mexico, G.I. Jane, the Joe freighter, is hauling a group of Joes out to the Everglades. Here we meet some new Joes. Their mission is to discover the place that Storm Shadow sent mail to last issue. In the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Gung-Ho notices that Snake Eyes has the same tattoo that Storm Shadow has. This alerts command that there's a link between the Joe commando and the Cobra ninja.

The Joes at Alcatraz go to twice the alert. At his headquarters, Zartan shows the Cobras that Storm Shadow mailed him the tracking device that Major Bludd had put on his sword.

The Dreadnoks who are manning the radar then notice some low-flying aircraft nearing the base.

Firefly and Wild Weasel are sent out to stop the intruders. A squad of Joes disembark from the Dragonflies into the swamp, Tripwire face-first. They are immediately attacked by a Cobra Water Moccasin. When things look grim, a Joe S.H.A.R.C., piloted by Deep-Six, leaps from the water and makes short work of the Cobras.Zartan is asked to prove his loyalty to Cobra and stop the Joe intruders himself.

At Alcatraz, the Joes go to check on Storm Shadow and find an empty cell.

Meanwhile, Junkyard starts barking and runs off into the swamp, and the Joes follow him to find that he has treed Firefly and Wild Weasel! Almost as soon as the Cobras are taken into custody, Junkyard goes running off in a craze again. Deep-Six has returned to the Jane, and Wild Bill is dead-set on congratulating him. However, the S.H.A.R.C. pilot flat-out ignores him, making the Dragonfly pilot nearly start cussing and swinging fists. Zartan has walked to his back door only to see Junkyard sitting outside, looking at him with cute curiosity. Zartan pulls out his pistol and aims it at the Joe dog.

By Jeff Edburg


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