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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: September 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 76

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Zartan kills Serpentor, Dr. Mindbender makes an alliance with Cobra Commander, and Destro rescues the Baroness. The war is over. The Joes go home.

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Notes of Interest

Cobra Civil War Ends.
The Death of Serpentor, killed by Zartan's arrow.
Destro wins the Baroness.
Dr. Mindbender cuts a deal with Fred VII (Cobra Commander).

Map of Cobra Island.
Table of Organization for GI Joe.
Cobra Schism- Cobra Commander & Serpentor Forces.

First Appearance of Rumbler & Ghost Rider

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: Fred Fredericks,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharpen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom Defalco
Cover Artist: Bob McLeod and Ron Wagner

Full Details

Destro has set up a double defensive perimeter around the airfield as Serpentor and the Joes retreat to the North West and Cobra Commander and Zartan head North West. Falcon and the recon team listen in on Destro before escaping the drain system through a sluice tunnel just before the Iron Grenadiers get down into the drainage system. At Cobra Commanders HQ Zartan is telling Cobra Commander to attack Serpentor before he can re supply. Serpentor discovers the hidden camera in the bat and destroys it. Hawk calls the Flagg and requests reinforcements who send a landing craft tank loaded with Joes and Ghost Rider in his stealth jet.

Back in the sluice tunnel a swarm of rats crawl all over the Joes just before an Iron Grenadier dumps left overs on to them. Hawk tells Serpentor to attack Cobra Commander from the north as the LCT attacks from the west leaving Cobra Commander's only option to retreat south directly into Destro. Ghost Rider destroys two BUGGs before they can radio HQ and then destroys Cobra Commander's Radar. Serpentor attacks Cobra Commanders HQ. Cobra Commander orders his troops off the west flank to defend the north wall against Zartan's advice, Zartan then runs off.

Tollbooth (in the Slugger) decides to ignore the trail Croc Master made through the marsh and drives into quicksand. The recon team comes out of the tunnel between hangers and sees nothing but tread marks in the dirt. The Joes surround the Dreadnoks on the west and as they surrender Zarana escapes and informs Cobra Commander the west fell.

Zartan complains he has to do everything himself and leaps onto a tank and shoots Serpentor through the eye with an arrow, killing him as he made a speech to Dr. Mindbender about how he could feel victory. Dr. Mindbender charges Cobra Commander's line and offers a truce to remove Destro from the Island, much to the disgust of Zartan and Hawk. Destro shows up and says he'll leave if he is given the Baroness. Dr. Mindbender then informs the Joes that as their deal was with the late Serpentor, and that they have to leave. Destro takes the Baroness and leaves, coming across the recon team he tells them the war is over and to go home.

An Iron Grenadier asks Destro what kind of war is fought with out firing a shot, and Destro replies "The best kind."

Summary by Zak Walen