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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: October 1985
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 40

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Cobra Hydrofoils vs. the Joes' Battle Platform. Cobra tricks the Joes into detonating a fault line in the Gulf of Mexico that will create Cobra Island.

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Notes of Interest

First appearance of Shipwreck and Barbecue.
First use of the transportable Air-Sea Base.
Cobra Island is created.
Buzzer escapes from the Pit with Candy.

Major Players

The Joes: Ace, Wild Bill, Airborne, Snake-Eyes, Roadblock, Rip Cord, Recondo, Shipwreck, Doc, Trip-Wire, Stalker, Gung-Ho, Duke, Keel Haul, Torpedo, Snow-Job, Cutter, Hawk, Spirit Iron-Knife, Cover Girl, Mutt, Barbecue, Deep-Six

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Zartan, Tomax, Xamot, Professor Appel, Buzzer

Additional Characters: Candy Appel

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

Wild Bill and Airborne are both flying Dragonflies on their way to New Orleans. They are to pick up the new transportable Air-Sea Base and carry it out to sea. Shipwreck is appalled at how the Joe landlubbers don't even know how to hook up the base to the winches lowered by the helicopters. Later, as the Joes fly away, Cobra Commander watches them from a Cobra submarine. Zartan is curious about just why the Crimson Guardsman who is Candy's father is so important. The Commander tells him to wait and see. The Joes reach an old off-shore drilling platform where more Joes wait for them on the WHALE. Their job is to attach the legs of the air-sea base to the legs of the old crumbled platform. At the Pit, Hawk finds it hard to believe that Candy had no idea that her father is a Cobra agent. She doesn't believe that her father could be an evil man. Buzzer is being escorted by Spirit and Mutt past the room where Candy is being questioned. Buzzer pops his head in the door, and when seeing Candy, promises to love her and show her a good time. He is pulled away.

Under the Gulf of Mexico, the Cobra sub enters the wreckage of a sunken oil tanker. It is actually an underwater base for Cobra. Cobra Commander is impressed by the appearance of the Lampreys, or Cobra Moray Hydrofoil pilots. At the Air-Sea Base, shipwreck is disgusted when he meets Barbecue. He sees no use for a firefighter in a combat unit. Back at Fort Wadsworth, Buzzer and Candy are being bussed off of the base. Buzzer manages to jump the driver. He knocks him out and hits the breaks. The other guard is sent flying out of the window. Buzzer grabs the wheel and forces Candy to escape with him. Inside the Cobra tanker base, Professor Appel, Candy's father, is showing Cobra how his plan will work. Three cargo containers are sent floating to the surface. Professor Appel then activates phase two. An underwater transmitter begins creating wavelengths that begin killing all the life in the ocean. A group of Joes jump onto the WHALE and head out to see if they can find the source of this problem. Above the tanker, the crates break open, revealing Moray Hydrofoils inside of them. They take off immediately and heads towards the Joe base, passing the WHALE. The Joes barely see them as they rocket by the hovercraft. The hydrofoils quickly reach the Air-Sea Base and open fire. The Joes have a lot of trouble trying to hit the fast-moving boats. Fires erupt all over the platform. At the WHALE, the SHARC launches from inside of the hovercraft (don't ask me how they got it in there) and heads down. Deep-Six sees a giant underwater Cobra bunker with the wavelength transmitter on it. He fires torpedoes at it, but can't even scratch the concrete. The Joes don't know how they'll blow up the super-fortified bunker. Back at the Pit, Hawk asks the Pentagon for advice. He calls back Cutter and tells him that the big guys are considering using a tactical nuke to destroy the bunker.

Back at the Air-Sea Base, the cocky hydrofoil pilots are getting sloppy. Barbecue swings a grappling hook out and snags one of the boats. It swerves around and crashes into the platform. Barbecue jumps on board to finish the job with his axe. A second Moray comes to rescue his buddy. Shipwreck jumps on board of it, and takes out its pilot. Doc feels using a nuclear strike is insane. Duke asks him if he has any other ideas. Doc notes that a nuke doesn't have to be used, only the destructive force of one. He suggests using kilotons of TNT instead. A squadron of Skystrikers are launched from the U.S.S. Flagg carrying conventional bombs. They all drop their time-delay bombs over the bunker. The massive explosion erupts. Tremors start up, and Duke realizes that they have aggravated a fault line. The Cobras are thrilled that they tricked the Joes into blowing up the fault line.

Summary By Jeff Edburg


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