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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: Late November 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 79

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Cross Country, Mutt & Law get in a battle with the Dreadnoks in the New Jersey Marshes. The Thunder Machine is destroyed and Buzzer, Thrasher and Monkeywrench are captured. Meanwhile, Zarana & Zandar are running a Cobra scam for prospective real estate moguls.

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Notes of Interest

Cobra real estate seminars (a money-making scam) run by Zarana, Zandar & Zartan. Buzzer, Monkeywrench & Thrasher are arrested.

Major Players

The Joes: Cross Country, Mutt & Junkyard, Law & Order
Additional Joes: Cover Girl, Dial Tone, Mainframe

Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zandar, Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Zanizbar, Monkeywrench, Thrasher

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Marshall Rogers,
Inks: Randy Emberlin ,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod

Full Details

The Dreadnoks, Buzzer, Torch, Ripper, Monkeywrench, Zanzibar and Thrasher, have just left the latest Cobra scam which is called "Free Introductory Seminar: How to become filthy rich from real estate without having any capital or even moderate intelligence" and run by Zarana and Zandar.

As the Dreadnoks drive along the New Jersey highway, they spot an Army convoy, so they do what Dreadnok do and attack it. Buzzer slashes the tires, Torch sets them on fire, Zanzibar shoots one and Monkeywrench steals a crate off the back of one of the trucks.

At Zartan's Gas Station, also in New Jersey, a small Joe team of Mutt & Junkyard, Law & Order and Cross Country and his HAVOC are staking out the place hoping that someone will show up.

At the Cobra Consulate building in New York City, a Tele viper has just discovered a GI Joe bugging device that has been installed in their satellite up link. (See Special Missions #7).

The Dreadnoks show up at there gas station hideout. But before they can start to party Thrasher smells something out in the swamp; the Joes. So Buzzer rides of into the swamp on his motorcycle with his chainsaw in hand. Junkyard takes of running, actually drawing Buzzer away from the Joes, but Buzzer catches him with his chainsaw and then speeds back to the gas station. Mutt immediately opens fire on them and the battle is on.

The Dreadnoks return fire from the gas station, as Cross Country fires up his HAVOC. The Thunder Machine comes at the Joes from a different angle, Buzzer opens the stolen crate, which is a wire guided anti-tank missile; the M-47 MAW Dragon. Buzzer sets himself up and fires it right at the HAVOC as it pulls out. But Order saves the day by attacking him causing him to miss.

The Thunder Machine and the HAVOC are circling each other trying to get there forward facing weapons pointed at each other. Cross Country does a quick skid move to win the position battle, firing directly into the Thunder Machine, pretty much destroying it, he then finishes it of by running over it.

Cross Country captures Thrasher and Monkeywrench, and Order and Law have captured Buzzer. As Mutt checks on Junkyard, who is alive but with a nasty cut, Mutt gives Buzzer a swift kick in the head.

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 #79. 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