Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: January 1987
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 55
In Sierra Gordo, Stalker leads a rescue of Snake-Eyes. As they are freeing him Stalker is shot. Snake-Eyes elects to cover the team as they evacuate him, he doesn't return with the team. Cobra Commander and Destro escape from the destroyed Pit. Then using their disguises make there way across New York. A policeman recognizes Cobra Commander and tells him his son Billy is alive.
Notes of Interest
Grunt retires from GI Joe.
Unveiling of the Cobra Consult Building to be built in New York City.
Cobra Commander & Destro unmasked for the first time. Destro's first time seeing the Commander's face.
Billy, Cobra Commander's son, is still alive.
The Joes: Beach Head, Grunt, Leatherneck, Low Light, Snake-Eyes, Stalker
Additional Joe Appearances: Clutch, Hawk, Duke,
Cobra: Baroness, Cobra Commander, Destro, Dr. Mindbender, Serpentor, Tomax, Xamot
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch
Additional Characters: Envoys from Sierra Gordo, Counter-Revolutionaries of Sierra Gordo, Chaplain's Assistant Percy, Billy
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Rod Whigham,
Inks: Sam Delarosa,
Colors: George Roussos,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck
In the very bottom of the collapsed Pit, Destro and Cobra Commander are trying to figure out how to escape. They find the escape tunnel that Hawk was able to use, but it is blocked by rubble. After further exploration, they discover an earth boring escape-vehicle.
Above ground, Grunt, one of the original 13 GI Joe team members, is retiring from the service and headed to school at Georgia Tech.
In Sierra Gordo, Snake-Eyes, disguised as Flint, is connected to the brainwave scanner, which isn't working because he blocks all attempts to get information. Outside, the Joe team, lead by Stalker with Beach Head, Low Light and Leatherneck, are working with Sierra Gordo's counter revolutionaries to attack Cobra and the Terror Drome. As the battle continues, Low Light is able to take out several Cobra vipers. They steal the vipers' uniforms and sneak into the Terror Drome to rescue Snake-Eyes.
On Cobra Island, Serpentor unveils the Cobra Consulate Building. This new base of operations, based in New York City, will be 50 stories of surveillance gear, office space, satellite communications and all under complete diplomatic immunity.
In a mall on Staten Island, Cobra Commander and Destro have escaped from the destroyed Pit. Using a clothing store, they ditch their costumes and disguise themselves with beards and other accessories. Destro sees Cobra Commander's real face for the first time. A little later, the Commander's former profession as a used car salesmen, helps him get a legit Corvette. And they drive off.
Dr. Mindbender figures out that Flint is wearing a mask, so he rips off the mask to reveal Snake-Eyes' damaged face. The Baroness is also present at his unmasking. As the counter revolutionaries get closer, Dr. Mindbender leaves Snake-Eyes alone. Stalker and the rest of his team, dressed as vipers rescue Snake-Eyes. As the team is leaving the Terror Drome, Stalker is shot in the chest, slowing down the group as they are trying to escape with their injured leader. In order to save his old Vietnam buddy, Snake-Eyes sends them all on to the extraction point without him. He chooses to stay behind to hold off Cobra.
Cobra Commander has been pulled over by a regular police officer. After the Commander gives out his real driver's license with his real name on it, the officer recognizes the unusual last name, and seeing a familiarity with his face puts it together who he is. The officer tells a story of a mysterious car accident where everyone died but a young kid named Billy. He was able to crawl out of the wreckage missing a leg, an eye, 3rd degree burns, cracked ribs, cracked skull and he has been in a coma for over a year. The only identification was a name card giving his name and photo of his father, Cobra Commander.
Destro and Cobra Commander visit Billy in his hospital room. Cobra Commander feels terrible for being a bad father, and pledges to stand by him, love him and hopes for forgiveness. Destro leaves Cobra Commander with this comment, "You can't change the past. Let it go. Do something about the future."
Summary by Josh Eggebeen
The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1980s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #55. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 4 - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts - The Colored End of an Era - October 1986 - July 1991