#087 ASSAULT ON CASTLE DESTRO
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: June 1989
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 87
It's the Iron Grenadiers vs. Cobra in battle. The conflict ends with an alliance.
Notes of Interest
Cobra uses yet another anagram: Braco brothers' carnival
Destro's neighbor is Lord Malaprop
Joes: Flint, Sneak Peek, Outback, Shockwave
Cobra: Destro, Baroness, Voltar, Cobra Commander (Fred VII), Dr. Mindbender, Tomax, Xamot
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: Tony Salmons,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Bob McLeod and Marshall Rogers
Destro and the Baroness fly with a squad of AGPs over the areas surrounding the castle in Scotland. They see a trailer park, a carnival, and a band of gypsies. Destro has prepared however he senses the impending attack and the Baroness does as well. Voltar has sent out most of the DEMONs just in case.
Outside the castle Flint and Sneak Peek are watching, they note that Destro has been making several flights over the area. They also mention that there has been recent activity involving hay wagons. They decide to check out the wagons when it gets dark and send Shockwave and Outback to check out the carnival. Shockwave and Outback are monitoring the gypsies and already know they are not gypsies. Shockwave shows Outback the proof, a can of cobra cola.
The Baroness is joined by Destro in a darkroom. She is developing a picture of a particular trailer in the park that caught her eye.
A couple of kids are chased away from the carnival and the carnie reports they are ready. In that peculiar trailer we find Cobra commander (Fred VII) and Dr. Mindbender. Cobra Commander plans on teaching Destro, his arms sales competition, a lesson. The Carnival reveals the hidden MAGGOT tanks. They roll into position and right over the Joes outpost. Then the gypsy camp reveals that they are actually FANG copters. The Campers open up to become Stuns and Stingers and other ground vehicles. The MAGGOTs shell the castle the Joes cover their ears and dodge the empty shell casings. Once the drawbridge is down they can enter the castle. Tomax and Xamot place explosives and blow the drawbridge. In response Destro mobilizes his air wing. He flies right past the stunned Cobras. Realizing that his true target must be the trailers they turn to defend Cobra commander only to run into the DEMONs hidden in the haystacks.
The Maggots can't fire on the DEMONs for fear of hitting their own men. The Joes use the confusion to escape.
Back at the caravan park Destro strafes the trailer housing Fred and Dr Mindbender. Cobra Commander grabs Mindbender by the throat saying this is all his fault, Mindbender says it was your idea and Cobra Commander says well you should have told me it wouldn't work. Destro interrupts the squabble Nullifiers at his side. Cobra Commander tries to negotiate, claiming he had no idea this was Destro's castle. Destro lets him know he is aware of the truth. The Baroness informed him he is not the original Cobra Commander. Destro cuts a deal with him to join forces and maximize profits. Dr. Mindbender and the Baroness are dumbfounded. Flint looks on with binoculars and Outback comments on how in order to maintain integrity Destro had to do it, what other choice did he have "get rid of everybody?"
Summary by Ted Jacobson