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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1986
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 46

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Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow wreak havoc on Cobra Island in search of Zartan. Zartan who has switched places with Rip Cord, is collected by Flint's team and taken off the island. The real Rip Cord dressed as Zartan is sent away in a remote control firebat to Springfield by his girlfriend's father, Professor Appel.

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Notes of Interest

Death of Professor Appel.

First appearance of the Terror-Drome.

Major Players

The Joes: Alpine, Flint, Hawk, Quick Kick, Rip Cord, Snake-Eyes, Spirit & Storm Shadow
Additional Joe Appearances: Bazooka, Clutch, Gung-Ho, Recondo, Roadblock, Scarlett, Shipwreck, Snow Job

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

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

Full Details

Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow have discovered that Zartan is the killer of the Hard Master, and they have come to Cobra Island to kill him.

Flint's team, Spirit, Alpine and Quick Kick, have also come to Cobra Island in order to rescue Rip Cord, and do some additional recon of Cobra Island. Back at The Pit, Hawk has gather the Joe team for a full out invasion.

Zartan has taken on Rip Cord's identity, using his powers of transformation plus he adds Rip Cord's original uniform to help with the transformation. His plans are be discovered by Flint's team and taken back to Joe headquarters. He leaves the alive but very beaten Rip Cord dressed in his own uniform.

Professor Appel, whose daughter is Candy, Rip Cord's girlfriend and the reason he is on the island, shows off the Cobra firebat to Cobra Commander. The Commander still doesn't have any information about Candy's location, so he gives the Professor the run around about why his daughter can't come to the Island.

A little later, Professor Appel is doing a recon of the island, he comes upon Rip Cord dressed as Zartan and takes him back into the Terror-Drome. As he is inspecting him, he discovers that Rip Cord is holding a picture of his daughter. He realizes that it is the real Rip Cord disguised as Zartan that he has in custody. Appel figures out that Cobra Commander has been lying to him about his daughter. He decides on the spot to help Rip Cord. So in order to prevent any Cobras from discovering Rip Cord dressed as Zartan he hides him in the firebat and begins the preparation to launch.

Storm Shadow and Snake-Eyes wreak havoc on Cobra Island as their search for Zartan. From the control tower in which they have just conquered, they see Professor Appel pick up Rip Cord dressed as Zartan, and of course they now know where he is and set off toward the Terror-Drome.

Flint's team spots Zartan posing as Rip Cord just as a Cobra patrol is about to attack him. They give him some support, and since Zartan isn't aware of who is firing, he blends into the sand, causing Flint to doubt himself. Eventually, they find Zartan, and begin to make there escape from Cobra Island.

Tomax and Xamot organize some serious resistance to the dynamic duo, once they have entered the Terror-Drome. Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow are just too powerful for the regular soldiers of Cobra and they defeat everybody that gets in there way. They reach Cobra Commander, who quickly gives up the information on wear Zartan is, plus he lies about ordering Zartan to kill the Hard Master and adds a comment about how Zartan did it just to prove he could.

As Rip Cord dressed as Zartan sits in the firebat, Professor Appel has reached the final stages of the launch. Storm Shadow busts in killing Professor Appel before he can say anything about the Rip Cord/Zartan switch. Fortunately for Rip Cord, Appel was able to hit the launch button before dying. Storm Shadow makes an attempt to kill Rip Cord inside the firebat as it is taking off, but Snake-Eyes stops him, saving Storm Shadow's life. Zartan has gotten away.

Out on the ocean, Spirit is inspecting the real Zartan posing as Rip Cord, and notices several discrepancies from Zartan's real wounds and the wounds of the uniform that he is wearing.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


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