#086 ...NOT FADE AWAY
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: May 1989
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 86
The original G.I. Joe helps the Joe team defend a huge military laser.
Notes of Interest
25th Anniversary Issue
Introduction of G.I. Joe (Joseph Colton) and G.I. Jane
Joes: Repeater, Muskrat, Shockwave, Stalker, Lift Ticket, Lady Jaye, Hawk, Lightfoot, Roadblock, Tunnel Rat, Joe, Jane
Cobra: Firefly, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender
Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Marshall Rogers
Inks: Randy Emberlin
Lettering: Rick Parker
Coloring: Bob Sharen
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Paul Ryan and Bob McLeod
A Tomahawk chopper dodges a missile above a skyscraper (the Studebaker building) in New York. Stalker, Lightfoot, Repeater, Muskrat, Shockwave, Lift Ticket, Lady Jaye, and Hawk hang on as the chopper dodges the attack. Two more choppers full of Joes are on their way, but these Joes were closer. They rappel from the Tomahawk onto the building a few floors above the Iron Grenadiers. Here Joe meets them; he is in charge of a secret project related to SDI (Strategic Defense Initiative) or Star Wars. He introduces the Joes to the project director, Jane. Jane explains what the pulse cannon is all about.
Meanwhile three floors down the government men are in a firefight with the Iron Grenadiers. The Grenadiers are taking their orders from a pair of shadowy figures in a dark room halfway across town.
In order to assess the situation Joe and Jane give Hawk and his men a tour of the floors below the laser. Jane starts to say something about how tech may have advanced since... but Joe cuts her off, saying, "Watch it that's classified."
Lightfoot checks out the door and finds it would be easy to breach. Just on the other side of the door, the Iron Grenadiers are setting up explosives. Now the NYPD is below the Grenadiers trapping them between the Joes the laser and the ground. The Grenadiers unpack some equipment in boxes marked Arbco office. Light foot hears them setting up the explosives and tells Hawk they have five minutes. The Joes stay behind; Jane leaves the computer room and goes upstairs, the heavy hatch slamming shut behind her. Joe stays with the team pulling out a .45. Muskrat comments on how most government types use the 9 mm Beretta and Joe says, "Old habits die hard."
The Iron Grenadiers blow the door open. They battle with the Joes. "CC Rider" gives them orders from across town to use gas. Flying outside Lady Jaye sees a fast moving object on radar and reports it. The Joes retreat back upstairs with the wounded Repeater and Muskrat. Jane tends to their wounds. Joe realizes that to control the laser the "bad guys" don't have to be with it they can control it with the disks. Which unfortunately are back downstairs in the computer room. As the Iron Grenadiers weld the hatch shut they reveal themselves to be Cobras in disguise, payback for the assault on Picatinny Arsenal (issue 82) they hand Firefly the disks and he puts them on a pole outside the building. Unable to go through the hatch the Joes crash through the windows. A drone flies by and snatches the disks on the pole. Firefly and the Cobras flee on Gyro Copters. The Joes would never be able to track them all down and find the disks. Cobra Commander and Dr. Mindbender are the two across town and they await the arrival of the drone.
Feeling defeated the Joes ponder the situation. Remembering the fast moving object Lady Jaye reported Joe realizes that the drone must be the method they used to get the disks. He rushes upstairs and he and Jane program the weapon. Just as the drone reaches Cobra Commander the laser destroys it inches from his grasp. He blames Mindbender. The rest of the Joes finally show up.
Hawk offers to make Joe an honorary member of the GIJOE team. Jane tells him he is 25 years too late. Joe was the original GIJOE. Joe adds that Jane was their nurse. Stunned Muskrat says: "Golly I always thought you guys were... bigger."
Summary by Ted Jacobson