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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: October 1987
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 64

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Fred VII arrives on Cobra Island as Cobra Commander. The Baroness confirms him as the real Cobra Commander, even though she knows he is really Fred VII. Snake-Eyes, Scarlett and the Blind Master begin their journey to find and rescue Stalker.

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Notes of Interest

First Appearance of Psyche-Out, Hard Top, Payload, Sci Fi, Frostbite, Back Stop

Apparent death of Captain Minh.

Fred VII becomes Cobra Commander and the Baroness knows his true identity.

Major Players

The Joes: Stalker, Snow Job, Quick Kick, Scarlett, Snake-Eyes
Additional Joe Characters: Back Stop, Bazooka, Beach Head, Chuckles, Clutch, Crank Case, Dusty, Fast Draw, Flint, Frostbite, Footloose, Gung-Ho, Hawk, Law & Order, Lady Jaye, Leatherneck, Lift Ticket, Lt. Falcon, Low Light, Mutt & Junkyard, Outback, Psyche-Out, Recondo, Roadblock, Rip Cord, Rock 'n' Roll, Sci-Fi, Shipwreck (Polly), Short Fuse, Spirit, Steeler, Tripwire, Tunnel Rat, Wild Bill, Zap

Cobra: Baroness, Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Dr. Mindbender, Raptor, Serpentor
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Ripper, Torch

Additional Characters: Blind Master

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Russ Heath,
Colors: Neil Yomtov,
Lettering: Joe Rosen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner

Full Details

In the Gulf of Mexico near Cobra Island, Captain Minh and his boat are being attacked as he approaches Cobra Island. Fred VII, dressed in Cobra Commander's battle armor, takes off in his Pogo just as the Cobra Mamba helicopters destroy the boat. Fred VII lands on Cobra Island. Serpentor is there to meet this invader. As he exits the Pogo, he proclaims himself to be Cobra Commander.

In Utah, A group of new Joes, including Chuckles and Psyche Out, are escorted to their bunks in the above ground part of the GI Joe base. They don't have the proper paperwork to get clearance to even be total about The Pit III. A large vehicle is moving outside, when Hard Top and Payload come in to complain about vehicles parked in the wrong spot. Later that night, Chuckles and Psyche-Out are outside investigating the large tracks that just disappear. When they return to the barracks the whole GI Joe team is partying because they have just finished their new base, The Pit III.

Back on Cobra Island, Fred VII is answering all of Serpentor's questions in order to prove that he is truly Cobra Commander. The Baroness returning from New York City, having been relieved of her duties running the Cobra Consulate Building (see Yearbook #3), lands near the now hostile argument. Zartan points out that the Baroness knows what Cobra Commander's face really looks like. They step into the helicopter wear Fred takes off his helmet giving himself up as an imposter. The Baroness sees an opportunity to regain some control in the Cobra organization, and makes a deal with Fred, she is his silent partner and he becomes Cobra Commander. They step out into the night and the Baroness proclaims "Rejoice. The true Cobra Commander is back." Serpentor is surprised.

In Marseilles, France, Snake-Eyes, Scarlett and the Blind Master are exiting a transport ship that has taken them from the Caribbean. Somebody from the boat sells information to about them to the local mafia. This mafia makes an attempt to capture them as they are in a taxi. The Blind Master jumps out of the car onto the mafia's car throwing a grenade into the window. The car blows up and Snake-Eyes & Scarlett continue on to catch a train to Borovia to rescue Stalker, Snow Job and Quick Kick.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen