#041 STRATEGIC DIPLOMACY
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: November 1985
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 41
The battle for Cobra Island begins, but the Joes are forced to withdraw when Cobra agents in the USA, Mexico, Cuba and the United Nations arrange for the island to be declared sovereign of Cobra.
Notes of Interest
Cobra Island is declared a soverign country.
The Joes: Snake-Eyes, Roadblock, Recondo, Shipwreck, Doc,
Trip-Wire, Stalker, Gung-Ho, Duke, Torpedo, Snow-Job,
Cutter, Hawk, Barbecue, Ace, Keel Haul
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Zartan, Tomax, Xamot, Buzzer, Professor Appel
Additonal Characters: Candy Bongo the Bear
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Rod Whigham,
Inks: Keith Williams,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Colors: George Roussos,
Editor: Denny O'Neil,
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck and John R. Beatty
In the Gulf of Mexico, a giant tidal wave created from
the massive destruction of the Cobra underwater bunker
is overtaking the WHALE. It soon reaches the Joe
Air-Sea Base and hits it hard. The U.S.S. Flagg also
gets hit, causing it to list at an angle. Underwater,
the explosion along the fault line is causing a
section of sea floor to push up to the surface. The
Cobra base inside of the sunken oil tanker rises up
with it, and the Cobra troops and vehicles reach the
surface of the new island in tact. A Cobra troop
carries out a Cobra flag and plants in into the
In Washington, D.C., New York City, Mexico City and Havana, Cobra diplomats work to negotiate for the recognition of Cobra Island as a country.
In theGulf, the Air-Sea Base sits at a forty-five degree angle. Everyone is knocked out. Everyone on the WHALE is out as well. The hovercraft comes drifting up to the platform and bonks the side. Shipwreck is amazed that Cutter got them back to the base in his sleep. Shortly after, Duke tells everyone that they have to get Cobra off of the island before the diplomats can do their job.
The Cobra defenses are setting up when the WHALE begins its attack It is almost destroyed by Rattlers. Ace manages to launch a Skystriker off of the listing Flagg. He shows up and takes care of one Rattlers. ASPs on the beach fire at the Skystriker, but miss and hit the second Rattler instead. Ace does get damaged, and must retreat. The Joes land on the beach and began running up the muddy hill. They attack with brutal force and overtake Cobra troops, including Tomax and Xamot. Barbecue jumps onto a HISS tank and takes out the windshield with his axe.
Cobra Commander returns to the Cobra tanker base wounded. The Joes reach the tanker soon after and storm in. Just before they take out the Cobra leaders, Duke receives a call from Hawk at the Pit. He states that Cobra Island has officially been recognized as a sovereign state. All Joes are ordered off of the island. The Cobras are thrilled to the point of laughing. The Joes are furious to the point of silence.
Summary By Jeff Edburg
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