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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: March 1987
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 57

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Flint and Lade Jaye go to Scotland to find Destro. Destro has returned to his family business, M.A.R.S., to discover that an imposter has been running the company in his recent absence. The real Destro then makes a deal with the Joes; they help him get his title back and he will give them the plans for the Cobra Terror Drome.

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Notes of Interest

History of M.A.R.S. and Destro's family.
M.A.R.S. (Military Armaments Research Syndicate)
First hint of Destro's army.
First Appearance of Sergeant Major
Despite having an eyepatch, Major Bludd appears to have two pupils when disguised as Destro.

Major Players

The Joes: Flint, Lady Jaye,
Additional Joe Appearances: Dial Tone, Hawk, Flash, Mainframe

Cobra: Major Bludd

M.A.R.S.: Destro, Sergeant Major

Additional Characters: Smythe-Barret "Jingles", Sgt. Day, Sergeant Major

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Kim DeMulder,
Colors: George Roussos,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Kim DeMulder,

Full Details

On the USS Flagg, Hawk has received information about a man who passed through security at Kennedy Airport with a silver mask. That man was Destro who is heading home to Glasgow, Scotland.

Hawk consults Lady Jaye and Flint about M.A.R.S. (Military Armaments Research Syndicate), Destro's family company. Flint responses with some history of the company; M.A.R.S. an international weapons firm that was originally established in 1752 as naval gun foundry by James McCullen Destro, ancestor of Destro.

Destro arrives at Castle Destro. Much to his surprise, there is meeting going on without him, the surprises continue as an imposter is already sitting in his place, and the imposter has the real Destro arrested and taken away to jail.

Flint and Lady Jaye arrive in Scotland, and are met by two British soldiers named Smythe-Barret, nickname Jingles, and Sgt. Day. They are observing when Destro is taken away to jail.

Lady Jaye goes undercover as a little old lady to gain access to Destro's jail cell. As she is inside, the wall is blown apart and Destro escapes from jail.

A deal is made between them, Flint and Lady Jaye will help Destro get his title and castle back, and the Joes will get the complete plans to the Cobra Terror Drome.

In order to break into the castle, they get an old World War II glider that will help them get through the defenses. Destro, Lade Jaye and Smythe-Barret fly the glider directly into the center of the castle, as Flint and Sgt. Day make a frontal assault by truck. They all fight their way to the plans. The imposter, who has taken the plans, is making his escape. As the real Destro catches him, they fight. Both dressed the same everybody watches to see who wins. Eventually, the real Destro wins, and the imposter is revealed to be Major Bludd.

Destro, now reestablished as the leader of his family's company, holds to the deal he made with Flint and Lady Jaye. He gives them the Cobra Terror Drome plans

Summary by Josh Eggebeen


The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the early 1990s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #57. 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