#080 ROLLING THUNDER
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: Late November 1988
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 80
A small piece of land is rising out of the Gulf of Mexico. The Joes are fighting Dr. Mindbender and Firefly for the rights to this land. Eventually, the land goes back in the Gulf.
Notes of Interest
First appearance of Rumbler, Hit & Run, Hardball, Charbroil, Muskrat
The Joes: Charbroil, Duke, Ghostrider, Hit & Run, Hardball, Lift Ticket, Muskrat, Rumbler, Outback, Ripcord, Wild Bill
Cobra: Fred VII (Cobra Commander), Dr. Mindbender, Firefly
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Tom Palmer ,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Lettering: Jim Novak,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod
200 miles from Cobra Island, a small piece of land is rising out of the Gulf of Mexico. A Joe team and Cobra team are circling as with the intent to claim this newly created piece of land for themselves. Wild Bill's plane drops a group of new Joes onto the rock. These new Joes are Hardball, Charbroil, Hit 'n' Run and Muskrat and the team leaders are Outback & Rip Cord.
In the Cobra helicopter, Dr. Mindbender and Firefly are preparing to drop down onto the rock also. But first they drop in several BATS, which on landing are broken apart.
As the Joes parachute down to the rock, the half destroyed BATS fire up at them. Hardball takes them out with a grenade. Charbroil then flames the Cobra helicopter causing it to crash at the base of the rock.
With the Joes holding the high ground, Cobra reinforcements of Maggots and Buggs arrive to support Firefly and Dr. Mindbender.
The only support the Joes have is coming in the form of the Rolling Thunder with Duke and Rumbler. Lift Ticket is flying it in his chopper with Ghostrider flying the stealth fighter as escort.
A fierce battle is taking place on the island. The Maggot's artillery is unable to fire on the Joes, due to the small size of the rock. With the Joes still holding the high ground, the Cobras are pinned down, and the fighting is now a stalemate until the Rolling Thunder and Ghostrider show up.
Ghostrider takes out several of the Buggs and Lift Ticket drops the Rolling Thunder right in the middle of the line of Maggots. Rumbler is able to destroy most of the Cobra artillery and then begins chasing the Cobra infantry up the hill towards the top of the rock. Hardball takes out a large group of BATS dropped in behind them.
When all of a sudden the rock begins to fall apart and sink. Then it becomes a rush to save everybody. Lift Ticket returns at the last moment to hoist the Rolling Thunder and the rest of Joes to safety.
Dr. Mindbender, Firefly and the rest of the Cobra infantry are left in the ocean, as the rock disappears back under the surface, later to be picked up by the Cobra helicopters.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen