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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: July 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 73

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Start of Cobra Civil War. Mindbender enlists the aid of the Joes to help Serpentor's side by trading the black box brought back by the Star-Viper in the previous issue.

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Notes of Interest

Beginning of the Cobra Civil War.

Return of General Hollingsworth.

Introduction of Destro's Iron Grenadiers Army.

First Appearance of Sneak Peak.

Major Players

The Joes: Hawk, Flint, Lady Jaye, Lift Ticket, Keel Haul, Mainframe, Slip Stream

Recon Team: Dial Tone, Gung-Ho, Lt. Falcon, Sneak Peak, Spirit, Tunnel Rat

Additional Joe Characters: Mutt & Junkyard, Skidmark, Windmill, Wildcard

Cobra: Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Serpentor

Additional Cobras: Croc Master, Major Bludd, Firefly, Star Viper, Tomax, Xamot

Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Torch, Ripper

Iron Grenadiers: Destro, Sergeant Major

Additional Characters: General Hollingsworth, Captain Minh

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama,
Pencils and Inks: Ron Wagner and Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Tom Defalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod

Full Details

Spirit and Mutt are investigating the intruder who broke into the Joe shuttle base in Utah when General Hollingsworth flies in and orders Hawk to send a recon team to Cobra Island. The first Star Viper lands on Cobra Island to what would have been a victory celebration for stealing the black box from the shuttle base until Cobra Commander (Fred) and Serpentor get into an argument that quickly becomes a fistfight broken up by various cobras.

A Tomahawk lands on the Flagg with the operations and recon team for the cobra island mission. Keel Haul sends the Recon team in on a captured MAMBA (captured in the Yearbook 4).

The battle goes poorly for Serpentor who is backed by Dr. Mindbender, Tomax and Xamot, and their Crimson Guards and BATS. Serpentor's personalities argue on how the war should be fought. Serpentor makes his base in the landlocked freighter on Cobra Island.

The MAMBA flown by Lift Ticket with three Joes in each pod heads toward Cobra Island, while a BAT with a hidden camera spies on Serpentor and Mindbender's plan to deal with Washington.

Mindbender leaves the island in his own helicopter, as Fred sends another MAMBA to shoot him down. As the MAMBA prepares to fire on Mindbender, Lift Ticket in their MAMBA shoots him down. The recon team is dropped off on the island where Captain Minh is watching as he makes his way to kill Fred. A cruise ship in the Caribbean is full of Iron Grenadiers heading towards Cobra Island.

Summary by Zak Walen