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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: February 1989
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 83

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Zarana & Zanzibar are in jail and Road Pig breaks them out. Dr. Mindbender and Zartan lead a raid on an above ground part of The Pit III. The Joes are able to fake out Cobra by moving the above ground parts, which Cobra destroys and fails to discover the Joes base. Billy's Mother shows up in the San Francisco.

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Notes of Interest

First Appearance of Road Pig.
Introduction of Billy's Mother.

Major Players

The Joes: Hawk, Law & Order, Jinx
Additional Joe Characters: Crank Case, Dusty, Hawk, Lady Jaye, Leatherneck, Low Light, Mutt, Quick Kick, Roadblock, Shipwreck, Spirit,
Battle Force 2000: Maverick, Knockdown, Avalanche, Blocker, Blaster, Dodger

Cobra: Dr. Mindbender
Dreadnoks: Zartan, Zarana, Zanzibar, Road Pig

Additional Character: Captain Cohoe, Captain Minh, General Hollingsworth, Billy's Mother

Creative Team

Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Ron Wagner,
Inks: Fred Fredricks,
Colors: Bob Sharen,
Lettering: Michael Heisler,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner

Full Details

Dreadnok Road Pig, who has a dual personality character named Donald, is fighting in a bar when a news report comes over the TV about the arrest of Zarana and Zanzibar in Broca Beach. Road Pig immediately stops fighting to watch the newscast. Seeing Zarana he exclaims "Our long lost love", and tears off to Broca Beach.

Flying over the Gulf of Mexico, Dr. Mindbender and Zartan are going to lead a raid on GI Joe's Pit III in Utah. They fly over Captain Minh who is listening in on the radio traffic between Dr. Mindbender and Cobra Commander, about the coming attack. He then goes to a pay phone and calls the Pentagon.

In New Jersey, Law is trying to talk Captain Cohoe into letting him talk to Zarana and Zanzibar. Road Pig comes busting in the front door, his personalities are talking to each other, looking for Zarana. Road Pig comes to Zanzibar's cell first, who's air skiff is in the cell next to him, and he asks where Zarana is, once Zanzibar tells him he gives him a hard kick. As they are about to escape, the cops corner them in the cells. The only way for them to escape is to release Zanzibar and his air skiff, they then blow a hole in the wall of the prison and fly away to Broca Beach.

General Hollingsworth informs Hawk about the news that Captain Minh has relayed to them about the coming Cobra attack. Hawk has a plan, the plan is to move all 3 of the above ground structures along with the vehicles about a mile away from the actual Pit. Dr. Mindbender and Zartan lead the attack on the structures. After destroying them all, they check to see if the Pit is there, which it isn't. Having been fooled, the Cobra's take off believing that this wasn't the real GI Joe base, despite its infiltration by the Star Viper. (see issue #72) Hawk watches them fly off, the GI Joe base is still a secret.

In San Francisco at the Defense Language Center, a GI Joe front, Jinx is sitting at her desk as a lady walks up to her and asks to see Billy. And she introduces herself by gunpoint as Billy's mother.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen