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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: September 1985
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 39

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The Joes rescue Dr. Adele Burkhart in the jungles of Sierra Gordo, with help from a native tribe called the Tucaros. Storm Shadow begins to give Billy training as a ninja.

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Notes of Interest

Billy begins his ninja training with Storm Shadow.

The Joes learn of a Cobra operation in the Gulf of Mexico.

Major Players

The Joes: Rip-Cord, Gung-Ho, Roadblock, Stalker, Recondo, Duke, Lady Jaye, Wild Bill, Cover Girl

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Destro, Baroness, Storm Shadow, Professor Appel

Additional Characters: Dr. Adele Burkhart, Tuscaros, Candy Bongo the Bear

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Rod Whigham,
Inks: Andy Mushynsky,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Colors: George Roussos,
Editor: Dennis O'Neil,
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck and John R. Beatty

Full Details

The story opens with Stalker, Recondo, Roadblock, Gung-Ho and Rip-Cord climbing down the cliff towards the rebel stronghold bunker in Sierra Gordo. They jump onto the roof, and take out the guards on top. Recondo's native friends, The Tucaros, pull the ropes back up to the top of the cliff. Another guard climbs up to the roof bringing coffee. Gung-Ho kicks him, causing the other Joes to have to catch the coffee thermos and cups before they hit the ground. Recondo puts on one of the guard uniforms and climbs down into the bunker. He sees Dr. Adele Burkhart being interrogated by a group of troops. The other Joes are waiting on the roof when they hear a bunch of punching from inside. Moments later, Recondo tells them that everything is clear. Stalker asks him how he took out all those troops. Dr. Burkhart says not to ask. In Storm Shadow's secret water tank apartment, he is training Billy to fight with a sword, as well how to focus his thoughts. They leave the tank playing a thoughts-only game of chess. Billy wins. They later run up to some punks trying to hold them up. With only the power of a fierce stare, Billy scares them away. Storm Shadow is proud.

In Sierra Gordo, the Joes disguise themselves as guards and plan to walk out when the guard shift rotation takes place. Unfortunately, there are five Joes and Dr. Burkhart. When another guard sees this, he realizes that six guards would not replace four, and hits the alarm. The Joes come under heavy fire. The Tucaros help the Joes by taking out the snipers from the cliff top. Other troops kill the Tucaros from the bunker. The Joes blow up the base tower, buying them time to escape.

At Cobra headquarters, the Baroness reports that Destro cannot find Storm Shadow or Billy.

Nevertheless, Cobra Commander is pleased to hear that Tomax, Xamot and the Crimson Guardsman from Candy's father's house have escaped. The Commander plans to fly to New Orleans to oversee the Cobra operation there personally.

Back in Sierra Gordo, a pair of surviving rebel snipers chase after the Joes into the jungle. The Joes, meanwhile, have reached a river, and have to build a bridge to cross it. Recondo notes that something should be offered to the river spirits in the Tucaro tradition as a favor to his lost friends. Stalker tells him to head back a ways and hold off the troops while they build the bridge. The Joes use ropes and cut down trees to build the two-rope bridge with. They cross the bridge, and Recondo catches back up to them. Gung-Ho notices that Recondo is carrying rebel troop weapons, which he drops into the river as an offering. Dr. Burkhart asks what happened to the snipers. Roadblock says not to ask.

At the Pit, Duke is asking Candy what she knows about Cobra and why her father's house was filled with Cobra information and maps and charts of the Gulf of Mexico. She says that she never heard of Cobra until she was at the carnival with Rip-Cord, and has no idea what all this means. On a bus in Sierra Gordo, Dr. Burkhart is appalled at everything that has happened because of her. She wishes the Joes would have just let her die. Rip-Cord calls her ungrateful. Stalker reminds him that their mission is to ensure people have the right to think what they want, even if they don't agree with them. It's not a perfect world. Later on a plane back to the U.S., they are met by Wild Bill and Cover Girl. They are going to make an unscheduled stop in New Orleans.

By Jeff Edburg


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The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1990s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #39. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 3 - The Slick Number Era - May 1978 - September 1986