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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: November 1982
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 5

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General Flagg is showing off the MOBAT at a parade in New York City to General Austin. Breaker, Clutch, and Steeler are in the parade as the Springfield Marching band (Cobra) attacks them. They are chased around Central Park and are able to capture the Cobras. They then bring them to the viewing stand were Gen. Flagg & Gen. Austin are staged to watch the parade. The viewing stand is actually a temporary Cobra command center that Cobra Commander and Baroness have been leading the attack on the MOBAT from, directly underneath the generals.

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Notes of Interest

General Flagg wounded by Cobra Commander.

Major Players

The Joes - Clutch, Breaker, Steeler

Additional Joe Appearance: Scarlett, Gen Flagg, Major General Austin

Cobra - Baroness, Cobra Commander

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Don Perlin
Inks: Jon D'Agostino and Mike Esposito
Letters: Jim Novak
Colors: Stan Goldberg
Editor: Tom DeFalco
Commander: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Don Perlin and Mike Esposito

Full Details

Breaker, Clutch and Steeler are bragging about the M.O.B.A.T.'s (MOtorized BAttle Tank) capabilities to Scarlett. They point out aspects of the MOBAT like the speaker system, tracking gear for the turret, waterproof hatches, submergible capabilities and it all looks just like a regular tank on the outside. This is why General Flagg has the MOBAT in the Armed Forces Parade in New York City. He is planning on showing it off to General Austin and the rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

An Army courier is carrying the secret orders from General Flagg to General Austin about the MOBAT's participation in the parade, when Cobra secretly discovers the contents of the orders, and plans an attack to be lead by Cobra Commander and the Baroness.

The MOBAT finds itself mixed in between the Springfield Marching band and a large float of an iceberg. When the band surrounds the unarmed tank and the iceberg opens to capture the tank, Clutch floors it and they make there escape into Central Park with the well armed Cobra band on their heals.. Meanwhile, Gen. Flagg and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, including Gen. Austin, are on a viewing stand observing the parade. Gen. Austin is impatient for the MOBAT to arrive for there viewing.

The MOBAT is able to slip from the band enough to hide in one of the ponds in Central Park. As Cobra Commander guides the Cobra band to the waiting tank, they discover that it is sitting inside the middle of the pond. The MOBAT then rises out of the pond and fires a warning shot over there heads. Steeler jumps out and tells them it's a warning shot and they should all surrender, which they do. Breaker is able to pin point where the radio communications to the troops has been coming from and they head towards that location. As the MOBAT, with the captured Cobras, approaches the location of the radio signals, they discover that it is the exact viewing stand that Gen. Flagg & Gen. Austin are watching the parade, Cobra Commander and the Baroness are directly below them. Clutch runs the tank into the grandstand scattering the generals and destroying the Cobra communication stand. As Cobra Commander is making his escape he grazes Gen. Flagg's head with a bullet.

Later in The Pit, Gen. Flagg is getting his head bandaged, and hearing the story of how the unarmed MOBAT team fired the warning shot that captured the Cobras. Breaker pops one of his famous bubble gum bubbles to emphasize the effect that was amplified over there loud speaker system.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


GI Joe #5 is the only issue to have both a US Newsstand and Direct Market AND a Canadian Priced Newsstand & Direct Market. Normally, the Canadian Price issues are Newsstand only.