Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: Early October 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 77
The Joes are exiting Cobra Island after the Civil War. Hawk, Roadblock and Gen. Hollingsworth visit the Jugglers in Washington DC, where they are arrested, as well as most of the GI Joe team. Roadblock escapes to go find Dr. Adele Burkhart for help.
Notes of Interest
Baroness tells Destro that Fred VII, not the real Cobra Commander, is in charge of Cobra. Serpentor's body is preserved. Introduction of the Jugglers: General Malthus Generals Hawk & Hollingsworth are arrested. Return of Dr. Adele Burkhart (See Issue #1 & #38)
The Joes: Flint, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Roadblock
Additional Joe Characters: Airbourne, Beach Head, Breaker, Dial-Tone, Doc, Gung-Ho, Keel-Haul, Lifeline, Lift Ticket, Lt. Falcon, Low Light, Sci Fi, Spirit, Stalker, Shipwreck, Tunnel Rat
Cobra: Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Dr. Mindbender Iron Grenadiers: Destro, Sergeant Major & Baroness
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Torch, Ripper, Monkeywrench, Thrasher
Additional Characters: Captain Minh, General Hollingsworth, The Jugglers: General Malthus, Dr. Adele Burkhart
Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Marshall Rogers
Inks: Randy Emberlin
Colors: Bob Sharen
Lettering: Rick Parker
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
With the Cobra Civil War over, GI Joe is vacating the island with Fred VII (as Cobra Commander) & Zarana's supervision. As Lady Jaye lands to help evacuate the wounded, Zarana makes a smart ass comment. Lady Jaye then starts a fist fight with her. After several good hits by both , the fight is finally broken up. And the Joes finish loading up and take off.
Sitting on the deck of his cruise ship/troop carrier Destro and the recently reacquired Baroness are talking about the invasion. Destro is very pleased about the first major engagement of his new army, the Iron Grenadiers. The Baroness tells Destro that Fred VII is acting as an imposter of Cobra Commander.
In the bottom of the Cobra freighter, Dr. Mindbender is packing the dead body of Serpentor into a storage container. He then meets Fred VII on an upper deck. Captain Minh jumps down from the ceiling grabbing Fred's helmet and attempting to twist it of, which would set off a big explosion. In order to keep his secret, Fred makes a deal with Minh. The deal is an unarmed Cobra Hydrofoil for his silence. Dr. Mindbender has known about Fred's identity awhile now (see Yearbook #4). So an agreement is made. Dr. Mindbender gets to keep Serpentor's body in exchange for keeping Fred's true identity a secret.
At the Pentagon, General Hollingsworth, Hawk and Roadblock are going into a meeting with the Committee of Generals, better known as the Jugglers. Hawk demands to know why the Joe team was sold out. General Malthus responses with the claim that since the Joe team was on the losing side, Serpentor's side of the Cobra Civil War, it makes the US armed forces look bad. He suggests that Hawk invaded Cobra Island without orders to do so, which is a complete lie that is intended to cover the Jugglers backs.
The MP's are called in, Gen Hollingsworth, Hawk and Roadblock are relieved of command, arrested, remanded to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and the rest of the Joe team is also to be arrested. As they are escorted to the cars the press shows up, General Malthus makes a public statement about the GI Joe team over stepping its authority.
In the car, they are concerned about being put somewhere that an accident can happen before they are able to tell their side of the story. So Roadblock volunteers to escape and tell the news of what really happen. Roadblock then breaks out of his hand cuffs, kicks open the car door, steals a motorcycle and heads into downtown Washington DC.
As Destro and the Baroness are watching the news about Hawk's arrest, Roadblock's escape the manhunt for him and the GI Joe's quarantine, the Baroness suggests that now is Destro's chance.
At a house in Georgetown, Dr. Adele Burkhart is about to go to bed, when her doorbell rings. Roadblock is standing there, and despite her differences in the past with the Joe team, she lets him in to listen to the real story.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen
The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1990s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #77. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 4 - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts - The Colored End of an Era - October 1986 - July 1991