#075 HOLDING ACTIONS!
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: September 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 75
The war continues, and Serpentor has captured the Baroness.
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
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
Writer: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Marshall Rogers,
Inks: Fred Fredericks,
Color: Nel Yomtov,
Letter: Rick Parker,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom Defalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod
The Thunder Machine with the Dreadnoks and Cobra Commander along with Hawk (who is still fighting Buzzer) has crashed into the DEMON carrying Destro locking the bumpers. Destro bails out and the DEMON fires on the Thunder Machine flipping it while the Iron Grenadiers continue to come ashore. Hawk and Buzzer continue to fight on the ground as Serpentor's forces approach the airfield. Hawk is rescued by Roadblock in an A.W.E. Striker. Zartan approaches the airfield with a MAGGOT column from the west.
Using Monkeywrench's grenades, Thrasher rights the Thunder Machine, and after being threatened by Cobra Commander manages to restart it and escape. Zartan and Serpentor begin lobbing artillery at each other. Serpentor then orders Cutter to reinforce the flank, Cutter makes an official complaint about Serpentor's treatment of POWs before having the captured ASPs fire on Zartan's MAGGOTs.
Wild Bill in a Tomahawk and Maverick in the Vector strafe Zartan as Cobra Commander and the Dreadnoks rejoin the line. Destro returns to the beach to a lounge chair with umbrella, and while butlers serve him iced tea, he orders the Iron Grenadiers fall back for lunch as well. The Joes charge Zartan and Cobra Commander's position. An A.W.E. Striker is hit and Roadblock pulls Crankcase out of the burning wreckage. Hawk And Serpentor argue over the chain of command.
Several MAMBAs attack Wild Bill and Maverick. Wild Bill is shot down and manages to land in friendly territory. The Recon team is watching all this from the tower but are under orders just to observe. Serpentor's Rattlers and Fangs fly in and shoot down the MAMBAs. Once more Serpentor's forces and the Joes charge Cobra Commander's lines. Cobra Commander counter attacks and as they lines charge. Destro attacks with AGPs and his DEMONs. Serpentor and the Joes retreat, as do Zartan and Cobra Commander. As Destro begins setting up his HQ in the tower the Recon team escapes into the drainage system, which is rapidly filling with rain water. Tunnel Rat sees that Destro's troops are at the entrance to the drainage system and he can't get them out that way. Capt. Mihn says he knows a way out but the Joes will not like it.
Summary by Zak Walen