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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: August 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 74

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The Cobra Civil War continues, and Destro's Iron Grenadiers show up in force.

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Notes of Interest

The Cobra Civil War.
Map of Cobra Island.
Table of Organization for GI Joe and the Cobra Schism (Cobra Commander and Serpentor).
Destro's Army of Iron Grenadiers makes its first full blown appearance.
Dr. Mindbender makes a deal with the US Government; GI Joe is on Serpentor's side.

Major Players

The Joes

Operations: General Hollingsworth, Hawk, Flint, Lady Jaye, Mainframe (based off the USS Flagg)
Recon Team: Dial Tone, Gung-Ho, Lt. Falcon, Sneak Peak, Spirit, Tunnel Rat
Weapons Team: Hawk, Roadblock, Leatherneck, Fast Draw, Sci-Fi, Lowlight, Breaker, Doc
Security Team: Duke, Crazylegs, Beach Head, Airbourne, Rip Cord, Lifeline
Engineer Team: Stalker, Tripwire, Short Fuse, Mutt & Junkyard
Air Support: Wild Bill, Lift Ticket, Ace, Ghost Rider, Slip Stream
Sea Support: Keel Haul, Cutter, Shipwreck, Torpedo
Mechanized Assault: Battle Force 2000: Maverick, Knockdown, Avalanche, Blocker, Blaster, Dodger
Motorized Recon: Clutch, Crankcase

Cobra/Serpentor/Destro Cobra Commander's Side: Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Baroness, Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Torch, Ripper, Vipers, Techno-Vipers, Tele Vipers, Mambas, Worms, Buggs
Serpentor's Side: Serpentor, Dr. Mindbender, Tomax, Xamot, Scrap Iron, BATS
Iron Grenadiers: Destro, Sergeant Major

Additional Characters: Captain Minh

Creative Team

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

Full Details

The recon team continues to watch the baroness attack Serpentor's position on the land locked freighter without success. Cobra Commander (Fred) orders her to maintain a direct assault while he is unhappy with the security Zartan and the Dreadnoks are providing for him. Serpentor is informed of the deal reached between Mindbender and the Joes.

On the Flagg Hawk and the support team are met by Gen. Hollingworth and Dr. Mindbender. Where Hawk is informed that nearly the entire Joe team including Battle Force 2000 has been called up to support Serpentor. Meanwhile Falcon and the recon team are ordered to attack and take the tower of the airport on the island that Fred controls and is heavily guarded. Spirit captures Capt. Mihn who offers to take them to the tower unseen. The recon team crawls through a sewer and sneaks up on the guards in the tower killing them. The rest of the Joes land at the airport and Liftticket's Tomahawk is destroyed by a MAMBA. The Whale destroys half of the ASPs before it is destroyed.

Serpentor leads a Hiss charge that breaks the Baroness' lines. While on the airstrip the Joes destroy the rest of the ASPs allowing the 2 c-130's transporting most of the Joes to land on the island. Fred in the Thunder Machine with the dreadnoks attacks a C-130 setting it ablaze. Buzzer grabs Hawk as they drive by and they start to fistfight on the speeding Thunder Machine as Serpentor with the Baroness tied to his Hiss approach the battle. Thrasher retreats as the cruise ship unloads all of the Iron Grenadiers onto the shore...

Summary by Zak Walen