#047 SEA DUEL
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: May 1986
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 47
The Joes have rescued Zartan who is posing as Rip Cord, after Doc sedates him; he is rushed back to The Pit. On Cobra Island, Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow fight to get off the island. They steal a Cobra Hydro foil, but close to escaping the ship is wrecked and Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow are thrown into the ocean with tons of sharks. After Snake-Eyes is rescued, they see Storm Shadow walk out of the ocean only to shot by the Baroness.
Notes of Interest
First Appearance of Beach Head & Wet Suit.
The Baroness shoots Storm Shadow.
Zartan is posing as Rip Cord and Rip Cord is mistaken for Zartan.
The Joes: Beach Head, Cutter, Doc, Hawk, Rip Cord, Snake-Eyes, Shipwreck, Wet Suit & Storm Shadow
Additional Joe Appearances: Ace, Bazooka, Barbecue, Breaker, Clutch, Flint, Lady Jaye, Quick Kick, Scarlett, Spirit, Wild Bill
Cobra: Baroness, Destro, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Firefly
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch
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
Zartan posing as Rip Cord is loaded onto the Whale. Doc, along with several other Joes, is there to help with the extraction of Flint's team who recovered Rip Cord/Zartan.
Overhead in a firebat leaving Cobra Island on pre-programmed course is the real Rip Cord, who is dressed as Zartan.
Incoming to Cobra Island is Destro, Dr. Mindbender, the Baroness and Buzzer in a helicopter that is damaged by the Whale's missiles.
And on Cobra Island, Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow are fighting desperately to find a way off the island. They head for the airfield, and just as they arrive, the helicopter that Destro is in crashes into several planes and blocks the runway. There next option is the docks to find a boat.
On the Whale, Doc is treating Zartan, when he gives him an injection Zartan briefly reveals his true self to Doc, who doesn't believe his eyes and reports to Hawk that something isn't right about Rip Cord. But it is too late; Rip Cord is loaded up to a Dragonfly for fast extraction.
Ace drops off two Devilfish, fast attack boats, to help support the mission. Hawk, using the Devilfish, personally leads a mission to rescue Snake-Eyes on the island with Beach Head and Wet Suit as his support.
Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow have been able to steal a Cobra Hydro-Foil, Snake-Eyes mans the turret as Storm Shadow drives. Dr. Mindbender leads an attack on the Hydro-Foil with his new super fast torpedo transports. One of his torpedoes hits the ski of Hydro-Foil making it impossible to control, at the same time two Eels attack Storm Shadow. The Hydro Foil crashes into the island causing Storm Shadow and the two Eels he is fighting to fall into the sea.
Hawk and the two Devilfish enter the battle, one Devilfish is destroyed, and the other is able overturn Dr. Mindbender on his sled. As Beach Head, Wet Suit and Hawk approach the destroyed Hydro Foil they see a shark frenzy starting near where Storm Shadow is located. They are able to speed in and grab Snake-Eyes and get out before the sharks get them.
Wet Suit spots Storm Shadow walk out of the surf on the beach, alive. The Baroness pulls up and just shoots Storm Shadow saying "You've betrayed Cobra once to often and I intend that you never betray us again." Snake Eyes watches on helplessly.
In Springfield, the Firebat carrying the unconscious Rip Cord lands on the runway. Ripper, Torch and Firefly are there to meet him and take him to a Cobra hospital.
In New York, the unconscious Zartan is taken from a C-130 directly to The Pit.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen
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