Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: June 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 72
The newly created Star Viper is sent to infiltrate The Pit III. He is discovered after stealing a black box from the Joe shuttle and then chased by a group of Joes, who can't prevent the Star Viper from escaping. On Cobra Island, Serpentor is starting his plan for the take over of Cobra from Fred VII (Cobra Commander) and the Baroness.
Notes of Interest
First appearance of Joes: Wild Card, Skidmark, Windmill
First appearance of the Cobras: Star Viper, Croc Master.
Captain Minh returns.
Baroness and Fred VII have a love affair.
The Joes: Flint, Lady Jaye, Skidmark, Tunnel Rat, Wild Card, Windmill
Additional Joe Characters: Backstop, Cross Country, Dusty, Fast Draw, Footloose, Gung-Ho, Iceberg, Mainframe, Rock n' Roll, Sci-Fi, Spirit
Cobra: Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Serpentor, Star Viper.
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Randy Emberlin ,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod
On Cobra Island, Dr. Mindbender has finished his latest creation, the Star Viper. This is a genetically, computer enhanced Strato-Viper and the only human that can pilot the new Stiletto, Cobra's rocket-plane. By plugging himself into a direct feed he can enhance his speed and reflexes and do things at speeds no normal human can do.
So Serpentor sends him on mission to infiltrate the Joes base, The Pit III. And then he begins to plan to complete take over of Cobra.
On another side of the Island, Fred VII (Cobra Commander) and the Baroness are watching what Dr. Mindbender and Serpentor have been talking about through a secret spy camera hidden in one of Serpentor's BATS. The Baroness goes into planning mode to try to counter act Serpentor's coming take over plan. Fred, not really caring much, grabs the Baroness and they kiss.
The next day in Utah, the Star Viper has a BAT driving an 18 wheeler truck up and down the nearest road to the Joe base. Coming the other direction are new Joes, Skidmark and Windchill driving the Desert Fox and Wildcard driving the Mean Dog. The Star Viper is pretending to be a hitchhiker. As they pass him Windchill spots him standing on the side of the road, and then he just disappears. As they arrive at the base Gung-Ho checks them in, and Spirit gives them access to the lower levels of The Pit III.
As the New Joes are getting the tour, given by Iceberg, they are told about this new black box that is being installed in the GI Joe shuttle. The black box is a super high tech, super secret receiver/decoder/data link that can read any signal from any spy satellite.
Up in the rafters of the of the Shuttle bay, the Star Viper is listening. The Star Viper was able to get past the Joe security riding underneath the Desert Fox. Earlier when he seemed to disappear, he actually used his enhanced speed to hitch a ride on the Desert Fox without anybody knowing.
Late that night, the Star Viper steals the black box. Rigging a pressure release charge to the main doors of the Pit, he then goes to exit The Pit. Inside the main exit room, Lade Jaye and Flint are making out when the Star Viper interrupts them throwing Lady Jaye across the room as Flint hits the intruder alarm. He then steals an A.W.E Striker and takes off. All the Joes scramble to their vehicles and when they try to open the main door the charges go off, blocking the door. The only vehicles available are the Mean Dog and Desert Fox.
Tunnel Rat, Flint, Lade Jaye join Wild Card, Windchill and Skidmark on the vehicles to pursue the Star Viper.
The BAT that is driving the truck shows up and the Star Viper jumps on the fast moving truck, climbing inside the trailer. The Joes are about to blast the truck, when the trailer opens up, the Stiletto piloted by the Star Viper shoots out of the truck just as it is destroyed.
Flint says it best, "Even if the anti-tamper devices on it work, the honchos at the Pentagon are not going to be happy about secret expensive toy going missing."
On Cobra Island, Croc Master is investigating a small camp fire. There appears to be no one around so he leaves. Underneath the fire, in a hidden hole is Captain Minh.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen