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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: July 1985
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 37

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Tomax & Xamot attempt to capture Rip Cord & Gung-Ho at the Arbco Circus. Flint shows up to fight Xamot.

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Notes of Interest

First appearance of Tomax, Xamot, Flint and Footloose.
The G.I. Joe Mini-tank and the Cobra Ferret 4-wheeler are first used here.
We learn Bongo the Bear's first name, Candy and she breaks up with Rip-Cord.

Major Players

The Joes: Rip-Cord, Gung-Ho, Blowtorch, Roadblock, Lady Jaye, Duke, Flint, Wild Bill, Footloose.

Cobra: Tomax, Xamot, Destro

Additonal Characters: Candy Bongo the Bear

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Frank Springer,
Inks: Andy Mushynsky,
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

Rip-Cord, Gung-Ho and Blowtorch have gone to the Arbco Bros. Circus with Bongo the Balloon Bear in her van. The side door of the van accidentally gets pulled open by a trampoline, causing the balloons to all come flying out. Rip-Cord grabs a blanket, jumps off of the trampoline, impressively scooping up all the balloons and returning them to the van. Someone calls Bongo a geek in a bear suit, and she states that her real name is Candy. Bongo is only the business name. Rip-Cord is disturbed that she would tell someone else her real name, but not him. She reminds him that he won't tell her his name. She must call him "Rip-Cord" all the time. In a nearby tent, Tomax sees that Joes have come with the girl, according to expectations. A few miles away, in a military testing zone, Roadblock and Lady Jaye are driving HISS tanks in order to test a new Joe vehicle that they haven't seen before. The vehicle rushes around them in a cloud of dust. They try to fire at it but can't hit it. It eventually out-turns them and blows them up. They jump to safety. Duke introduces Flint, driving the new Joe Mini-tank to them. Flint brags about himself, only to get verbally slapped down by Lady Jaye. At the Circus, Tomax and Xamot learn from Destro that they have to capture these Joes on their own. No help will come from the shut-down city of Springfield. Blowtorch and Gung-Ho get on the roller coaster, and Rip-Cord and Candy enter the hall of mirrors. A large group of men in blue suits and hats enters the hall. In there, it looks as though Rip-Cord and his friend are surrounded by hundreds of thugs.

Back at Fort Wadsworth, Footloose enters the Motor Pool and is greeted by Wild Bill. He has to pick up a load of equipment at the beach, so he takes Footloose along in the Dragonfly for help. They fly by the circus, and wave hello to Gung-Ho and Blowtorch. In the hall of mirrors, the hit-men take off their suits, revealing themselves to be Crimson Guardsmen. They open fire in the hall, but lose Candy and Rip-Cord, who have escaped by hiding behind mirrors that they carry out.

On the roller coaster, Xamot is standing at the top of the loop, planning to shoot underneath the 'coaster, killing the Joes as it drives by. The Dragonfly is on its way back to base carrying Flint and the Mini-tank underneath it. They see Xamot shoot at the roller coaster. Flint jumps off of the tank towards Xamot on top of the loop. Footloose stays in the drivers seat and is lowered to the ground. Rip-Cord and Candy see Tomax in the big top, and run to attack him. Since Xamot is being beaten up by Flint, Tomax feels the pain from his twin brother, and can't defend himself. He jumps on a Cobra Ferret 4-wheeler and escapes. Rip-Cord and Candy are then surrounded by Siegies (CGs, a.k.a. Crimson Guardsmen). The roller coaster comes to a stop, and Siegies plan to pick up the Gung-Ho and Blowtorch's dead bodies. But the Joes jump up and knock out the Cobras. They remind them that modern roller coasters are built with reinforced steel, and shooting them from underneath was a waste of time. In the big top, Rip-Cord cuts loose a bag of sand hanging from a rope, grabs the rope and is elevated upwards holding Candy. They land on a platform high up. The Joe Mini-tank comes head-to-head with the Ferret, and they start shooting. But before any serious damage can be done, the 4-wheeler escapes by driving into a tent, off of a ramp, and through a burning ring of fire. The Mini-tank enters the big top, rescuing Rip-Cord and Candy. Tomax drives the Ferret up the roller coaster loop and saves Xamot from Flint.

All the good guys meets back together by the roller coaster. Gung-Ho is furious that the twins got away. However, Wild Bill calls in, saying that he is chasing the twins with the Dragonfly. He just about has them shot, but they escape into a giant sewer tunnel. Candy is furious at Rip-Cord, saying that she wants nothing to do with him ever again, and drives away. Rip-Cord is heartbroken.

By Jeff Edburg