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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: January 1985
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 31

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Snake-Eyes takes leave at his mountain retreat, but is followed by new Joes Spirit and Airborne, but also by Destro, Firefly, and the Crimson Guard known as Fred.

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Notes of Interest

Takes place at Snake-Eyes' mountain cabin.
First full appearance of Spirit Iron-Knife & Timber.

First issue penciled by Rod Whigham, who takes the helm for years to come.

Major Players

The Joes: Snake-Eyes, Spirit Iron-Knife, Airborne, Hawk, Ace, Wild Bill

Cobra: Destro, Firefly, Cobra Commander, Baroness, Major Bludd, Zartan

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Rod Whigham
Inks: Andy Mushynsky
Lettering: Rick Parker
Colors: Charlie Sheele
Editor: Dennis O'Neil
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Klaus Janson and Frank Springer

Full Details

Crimson Guardsman "Fred Broca" is keeping watch on Fort Wadsworth from his house. Just before a convoy of Joe vehicles enter his field of vision, he receives a phone call from Cobra Commander, and he misses everything. He is told by the Commander to expect a couple of guests at his home. From McGuire Field, Snake-Eyes is being flown by Wild Bill and Ace out to his log cabin in the High Sierra Mountains. Zartan, snooping around the field, managed to bug the plane. He calls Cobra Commander and offers him the transmission frequency of the homing device he planted.

Later over the Sierras, Snake-Eyes parachutes from the cargo plane, and Hawk orders Airborne and Spirit Iron-Knife, two Native Americans, keep watch on Snake-Eyes from a distance. Meanwhile, Destro and Firefly have arrived at Fred Broca's house. There they receive orders from Cobra Commander to head out to the High Sierras. Snake-Eyes is out playing catch with his pet wolf, when Spirit realizes that Snake-Eyes saw him, ten miles away, hidden in the thick branches of a tree. Destro and Firefly discover from locals where Snake-Eyes' cabin is, and drive up to it.

In Springfield, Major Bludd and the Baroness inform Billy of their plan to assassinate Cobra Commander. He is to carry a bouquet of flowers up to the Commander, saying a silly poem written by the Major. He is then to pull a pistol out of the bouquet and shoot the Commander at point-blank range.

Destro and Firefly arrive at the log cabin, and when Snake-Eyes steps out, they open fire on him. Airborne and Spirit hear the gun-shots, and run to the cabin. Destro fires a wrist-rocket at the cabin, taking out the door. Snake-Eyes fights back, destroying the Cobra's car. Firefly tosses a grenade through a window, and before Snake-Eyes can get rid of it, it explodes, seriously hurting the Joe. Spirit Iron-Knife and Airborne arrive at the scene and pin down the Cobras. Destro manages to get into the cabin, and aims his pistol at Snake-Eyes, who is lying on the floor. Before he can pull the trigger, the wolf jumps him. Fred Broca wounds Airborne, but as he falls, Airborne wounds Firefly. Spirit Iron-Knife takes out Broca, but Firefly manages to drop a satchel charge into the cabin's chimney. Destro sees the charge fall in, and knocks the wolf away. He then runs out. As he and Spirit shoot it out, the charge explodes, obliterating the cabin. At the end, only a wolf is standing in front of the flaming wreck.

By Jeff Edburg


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