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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: May 1985
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 35

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Dreadnoks chase Clutch, Breaker, and Rock & Roll, who are on leave. Buzzer gets captured.

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Notes of Interest

This is the issue where Buzzer is taken prisoner. His capture has enormous repercussions in the future.

Zartan's holographic technology is used frequently

Major Players

The Joes: Rock n' Roll, Clutch, Breaker

The Dreadnoks: Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Zartan

Cobra: Baroness, Major Bludd

Additional Characters: Soft Master

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Rod Whigham, Mark Bright, Bob Camp and Larry Hama,
Inks: Andy Mushynsky and Mike Esposito,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Colors: George Roussos,
Editor: Dennis O'Neil,
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter.
Cover Artist:John Byrne

Full Details

In a corner of Cobra Headquarters under suburban Springfield, the Dreadnoks are admiring Zartan's new high-tech motorcycle. Buzzer demonstrates to Ripper and Torch how it can project holograms around itself, making it appear to be other things. Then he gets the idea to take it for a ride on the highway. The other Dreadnoks follow on their bikes. Not far away, riding along the interstate, are three Joes driving to California to go surfing. Rock n' Roll is taking Clutch and Breaker to Malibu in his prize '56 Bel-Air Nomad. While driving along, something cruises by his car and rips a giant slash along the side. Rock n' Roll is furious. It turns out that Ripper gouged the car as he and the Dreadnoks drove by it. The Joes start chasing them along the highway. After dodging some burning hay that Torch lit up, the Joes approach a tunnel. Suddenly an enormous semi-truck comes rushing towards them. Rock n' Roll is forced to swerve out of the way and crashes into the hillside. His car is totaled. While lying in the wreckage, Rock n' Roll sees the license plate on Buzzer's bike. It reads "ZTN-123."

A few miles away, a rather gloomy-looking bus with the plate numbers "ZTN-456" stops to pick up an elderly lady. It eventually passes by the police cars and ambulances parked around the wreckage of the Bel-Air. The Joes are being placed onto an ambulance. Ten miles further away, parked outside an airbase, the Dreadnoks have decided to use the holographic motorcycle to disguise themselves as a general's car and biker escorts. They get onto the airfield, and get to work destroying airplanes. After they slash and burn a few, Torch accidentally causes one to explode. The base authorities head out to see what happened. They find three guards, one on a jeep, two on motorcycles, telling them that the saboteurs drove off the base. The troops believe them and drive on.

On an ambulance nearing the air base, Rock n' Roll looks out the window to see what all the military vehicles are in a craze for. He then sees a jeep with the license plate "ZTN-123" on it. He immediately grabs the ambulance steering wheel from the driver and chases after the jeep and its escort motorcycles. Trying to avoid the chasing ambulance, Torch swerves too far away from the jeep and out of the hologram's range. Rock n' Roll sees that these aren't troops, but are the Dreadnoks in disguise. He throws an air tank out of the window, hitting Buzzer's bike and blowing it up. The big bus "ZTN-456" now comes into the picture. It deactivates its hologram and reveals itself to be a large helicopter rolling along the ground. Zartan is driving it, and the old lady is still on board. Ripper and Torch drive onto the cargo deck, but Buzzer is grabbed from his bike wreckage by Rock n' Roll. The helicopter flies away. It eventually lands at Springfield Airport. The Dreadnoks realize that they're going to need to dispose of the old lady. When Ripper goes back to finish her off, all he finds is her clothes. Zartan realizes that escaping from a locked helicopter in flight is an amazing feat, one worthy of a ninja master.

By Jeff Edburg


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