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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: March 1986
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 45

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Snake-Eyes is sent a message about who killed the Hard Master. He finds Storm Shadow and gives him the news that it was Zartan. Rip Cord has infiltrated Cobra Island and is trying to find his girlfriend, Candy. Zartan and Rip Cord fight with Zartan coming out the winner and taking on Rip Cord's identity. Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow arrive on Cobra Island.

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Notes of Interest

First Appearance of Alpine, Quick Kick
Hard Master's killer is revealed to be Zartan.
Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow fight together for the first time against Cobra.
Hawk gets promoted to Brigadier General and commander in chief of the GI Joe team.
General Austin retires.

Major Players

The Joes: Alpine, Flint, Hawk, Quick Kick, Rip Cord, Snake-Eyes, Spirit & Storm Shadow
Additional Joe Appearances: Ace, Airborne, General Austin, Wild Bill

Cobra: Cobra Commander, Professor Appel, Zartan

Additional Characters: Hard Master

Creative Team

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

Full Details

As Ace and Rip Cord fly over Cobra Island on a recon mission, Rip Cord ejects to go on personel mission to find his girlfriend, Candy. Candy had been captured by the Dreadnok Buzzer and has disappeared; actually she was killed by Scrap Iron in Springfield. Cobra Commander keeps any information about her status from Professor Appel, her father.

In The Pit, new Joes Alpine and Quick Kick are staging for mission with Spirit, Flint and Snake-Eyes. Their mission is to help support and rescue Rip Cord, also is gather information about the new island, and the new hardware that Cobra has on display for the satellites to see.

As they are waiting, a message comes in specially marked for Snake-Eyes, he reads the message and rushes out of the base.

In the US Army Medical Center in Washington DC, General Austin is briefing Colonel Hawk on the information about Cobra Island. He gets the President of the US, as well as the Joint Chiefs chairman to confirm that Colonel Hawk is promoted to Brigadier General and commander in chief of the GI Joe team. General Austin is retiring. Hawk receives his stars.

Snake-Eyes invades Storm Shadows New York lair, where he gives him the message that came from the Soft Master, revealing the Hard Master's killer to be Zartan. Zartan used a compound bow with sound amplifaction-directionl-ranging equipment to pick out the man he thought was Snake-Eyes. The Hard Master had been doing the "Cloak of the Chameleon" technique and was imitating Snake-Eyes when Zartan fired his arrow. Storm Shadow swears revenge, he and Snake-Eyes take off for Cobra Island to find Zartan and kill him.

Flint's team is launched from a plane for a beach incursion to find Rip Cord.

Meanwhile on Cobra Island, Rip Cord has made his way toward Cobra's main base, but Zartan has taken out his old bow in order to take out Rip Cord. As they fight, Rip Cord gets shot in left arm by an arrow, and Zartan shot in right shoulder by a bullet. Then Zartan uses his special abilities to hide himself and sneak up on Rip Cord, who actually tricks Zartan. Then they get in a wrestling match, and apparently Rip Cord comes up the winner, but actually it is Zartan; he has taken on Rip Cord's identity.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


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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 #45. 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.