#058 DESPERATE MOVES
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1987
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 58
Dusty and Mainframe are on a mission to gain a working Cobra Terror Drome computer. They cross a desert, sneak into a facility with a Terror Drome, uplink to Fort Wadsworth where the data is downloaded. Then they are able to escape after a fire fight. In Denver, Cobra Commander takes his son, Billy, to Fred VII.
Notes of Interest
First appearance of Dusty and Fred VII.
Cobra Commander gets his Battle Armor.
The Joes: Dusty, Mainframe
Additional Joe Appearances: Flint, Hawk, Scarlett, Stalker
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Fred VII
Additional Characters: Rashid, Professor Gamal, Colonel Sharif, Billy
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Andy Mushinsky,
Colors: George Roussos,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck
On a mission in the Middle East, Dusty and Mainframe have linked up with a local group lead by Professor Gamal. They help him win an ambush against Colonel Sharif's men. In return, they get a motorcycle and a guide. The guide is 13 year old Rashid.
Rashid is very negative towards Mainframe because he is not a soldier like Dusty, but Dusty keeps reminding Rashid that he should not underestimate Mainframe just because he is all about computers. Rashid doesn't believe him.
Their destination is a Cobra Terror Drome hidden in an oil storage tank. They must first cross a desert, where Dusty takes out a patrol that was following them. Upon arriving at the oil field, they gain access to the Terror Drome. Their mission is to gain a real functioning computer from a Cobra Terror Drome. Once inside, Mainframe uplinks through the phone line to Fort Wadsworth, where Hawk, Stalker, Flint and Scarlett receive the information. The mission is complete.
A couple of guards knock out Dusty and hold Mainframe & Rashid at gun point. Mainframe acts weak and when the guards are off balance he takes them out. As they try to escape, they get pinned down by Colonel Sharif's forces. Mainframe reprograms the firebat, from inside the Terror Drome, to make strafing runs that allow them to escape. Rashid has gained respect for Mainframe and computers.
In Denver, Colorado, Cobra Commander has taken his comatose son, Billy, to a Crimson Guard secret research lab. One of the Crimson Guard Fred Series runs the shop, he is Fred VII and his specialty is movement enhancement duplication, robot arms and he has created a new suit of battle armor fit specifically for Cobra Commander. The lab is also filled with hawks that have been specially bred.
Cobra Commander puts on the battle armor suit, which fits him perfectly; it is loaded with sensors, is bullet proof and amplifies his strength. Later, Billy wakes up for the first time in over a year, and can't remember his name or recognize his father.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen
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