#089 MEAN DOG
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: August 1989
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 89
Clutch and Rock & Roll, on leave, find out that Clutch's old home town has been turned into Broca Beach by Cobra. They attempt to escape with help from the new Joe vehicle, the Mean Dog, but are captured.
Notes of Interest
The names of the Cobra policemen are Damon and Pythias.
Cobra's vehicles are painted many colors to mimic amusement park rides.
Joes: Clutch, Rock N Roll, Hawk, Scarlett, Repeater, Hard Ball, Wild Card
Cobra: Buzzer, Thrasher, Road Pig, Zarana, Zanzibar, Monkeywrench
Others: Damon, Pythias
Script: Larry Hama,
Pencils: MD Bright,
Inks: Randy Emberlin,
Lettering: Rick Parker,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Bobbie Chase,
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod
In Broca Beach, Buzzer is literally swimming in a pool of money. Thrasher and Road Pig are unloading an armored car as Zarana sits on a lounge poolside. Road Pig/Donald doesn't like the way Buzzer is talking to Zarana and they get in a fight. He threatens to hit him on the head with a shovel. Not seeming to care too much Zarana leaves, talking to some kids wearing Cobra t-shirts and inspecting the freshly painted Cobra POGOs, FANGs, Ferrets, and other equipment that is masquerading as boardwalk rides. She seems pleased with the way the operation is going.
Clutch and Rock N Roll are cruising the streets of the town commenting on how everything has changed. Seemingly for the better in Rock N Roll's opinion. Disconcerted by all the changes Clutch heads to the boardwalk, which he can't imagine changing too much. As they look around two police officers show up. Damon and Pythias. They question the pair about why they are here and so forth. As they do they irritate Clutch, but Rock N Roll notices a Cobra ring on one of their fingers and tries to get Clutch out of there. On the other side of the fence Road Pig hits Buzzer with a shovel and Buzzer sees through the fence when he lands that there are two Joes here. Road Pig doesn't believe him and prepares to continue beating him when Thrasher sees the Joes too. Road Pig bashes his head through the fence in time to see the Joes speed off. He orders the cops to follow them. Zarana would not be pleased if they let out the secret of Broca Beach. Zarana mounts a full-scale assault; the brightly colored carnival rides take off after the two in the car. Zanzibar leads some BATS in POGOs as Zarana and Buzzer get on a Dreadnok Trike, and Monkeywrench and a Televiper chase after them on a Ferret.
Rock N Roll desperately digs through the garbage in Clutch's car for a radio. The televipers jams the signal but not before part of the message reaches Hawk on the road. Scarlett recognizes the location as a Dreadnok trouble spot. Hawk drops off the Mean Dog with Repeater, Hard Ball, and Wild Card to go help out.
Clutch and Rock N Roll in the 'cuda run right into Zarana. Luckily at that time the Mean Dog shows up and shoots down some FANGs. Clutch drives away as the Mean Dog turns to face Zarana. Wild Cards habit of breaking things continues as a control snaps off in his hands. The vehicle destroys a few HISS tanks and Buzzer wheels the cycle in the opposite direction. Zarana conks him on the head with a lug wrench. Clutch runs into a Cobra police roadblock he throws the 'cuda into a spin and squeezes past them. The Mean Dog catches up to Clutch just as Zanzibar arrives in the POGOs. Wild Card takes out the vehicles but the Mean Dog is damaged badly. In one last effort he drives over Zanzibar's POGO and captures him. Clutch and Rock N Roll seem to have made it. They look back as the police cars fall further and further behind. Then they crash into someone, Road Pig stands up in front of them, the front end bashed in.
Summary by Ted Jacobson