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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: September 1989
Series: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 90

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Destro sorts out the new Cobra/Iron Grenadier hierarchy. Rock & Roll and Clutch are destined for the Brainwave Scanner, and someone's after Storm Shadow, Snake-Eyes, Jinx, and Scarlett in the mountains.

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Notes of Interest

Baroness and Zarana rivalry.
A mentioning of Dr. Venom and the return of the brainwave scanner

Major Players

Joes: Clutch, Rock N Roll, Law and Order, Mutt and Junkyard, Hawk, Cover Girl, Breaker, Roadblock, Footloose, Dusty, Bazooka, Jinx, Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow

Cobra: Buzzer, Torch, Ripper, Thrasher, Road Pig, Zarana, Zanzibar, Monkeywrench, Darklon, Destro, Baroness, Dr. Mindbender, Cobra Commander( Fred VII), Voltar, Zartan, Serpentor

Others: The Blind Master

Creative Team

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: MD Bright

Full Details

Zarana and the Dreadnoks are on the steps of the former Broca Beach lodge facing a bunch of Iron Grenadiers. She pushes her way forward demanding to be let inside. She is met by a kick to the face by an Iron Grenadier. This of course infuriates Road Pig. The Dreadnoks stand behind Road Pig and charge the Iron grenadiers. All this commotion brings out Darklon. Darklon proceeds to shoot Road Pig full of tranquilizer darts. The large Dreadnok quotes Hamlet "perchance to dream" then falls over. The situation now diffused Darklon informs Zarana she alone must attend the meeting inside.

Destro called Zarana, the Baroness, Cobra Commander, Dr Mindbender, Darklon, and Voltar all together to inform them of his new organizational plan. Cobra Commander and Voltar are in charge of operations and manufacturing. The Baroness and Zarana will be in charge of funding covert operations and intelligence, the Dreadnoks report to Zarana and those in intelligence report to the Baroness. Destro will be in charge of sales and marketing and Darklon and Dr. Mindbender report to him. The new arrangements cause several petty arguments and complaining until Destro informs them that this is the way it will be.

In San Francisco a man seems interested in renting the Arashikage Martial Arts Studio. The realtor tries to dodge his questions as they walk past bullet holes and the hole in the door (see issue85). A news bulletin comes on TV with the clients face as being a wanted man. The realtor turns but sees a different face entirely. It must be Zartan in disguise.

Now partners; Zarana shows the Baroness the local bowling alley where Clutch and Rock N Roll and several other people who happen to wander into town are being held. As their cell opens Clutch rushes after Road Pig and tries to escape but they fail. They are then led to the Broca Beach Theater where they are strapped into a familiar piece of machinery, Dr Venom's brainwave scanner. This time however Zarana plans to use it to plant information not extract it.

In Fort Detrick Maryland, the captured Zanzibar is about to be interrogated as to the whereabouts of Clutch and Rock N Roll. Law and Mutt want a piece of him but Hawk reminds them he is entitled to due process. Zanzibar's Cobra lawyer shows up. He says" you are looking at ten to twenty years minimum!" Hawk says" aren't you being a tad pessimistic about your client's chances?" The lawyer responds that he was referring to the Joes not Zanzibar.

In San Francisco General Hollingsworth goes to the Presidio and demands to see Jinx. The guard (Breaker) says no one there by that name and because he didn't give a password he presses a silent alarm. Roadblock Dusty Footloose and Bazooka respond. They know its Zartan in disguise. They stop someone who looks like Breaker as he leaves the building. In another area of the base, one guard questions another about a pass and he gets diverted to the language center some sort of trouble there. Thinking he has now escaped Zartan walks away calmly. He is stopped however by the Blind Master. The large blind man is also after Zartan for the death of the Hard Master. He challenges him and they go into an alley.

Destro informs Dr. MindBender he had contractors working for him that were checking on his activities on Cobra Island. Mainly in the form of constructing BATs. A Cobra copter full of BATs lands nearby. Destro takes Mindbender inside and shows him the intact body of Serpentor. Dr. Mindbender asks Destro what he wants.

In the high Sierras, Jinx, Storm Shadow, Scarlett, and Snake Eyes are around a campfire near the ruins of his log cabin. They are discussing how Zartan showed up at the Presidio looking for Jinx. Timber, Snake Eyes' wolf, senses something. An arrow flies through the air. They quickly douse the fire. Storm shadow has disappeared but the ninjas are now alert and prepared. Timber bolts away only to come back wounded by an arrow, a scrap of red cloth in his jaws. Storm Shadow, now in full gear, knows that it is a red ninja come with a score to settle. He heads up the mountain to meet him.

Summary by Ted Jacobson


The Mark Jeweler jewelry insert was released in many Marvel comics throughout the late 1970s til the late 1990s. What is pictured here is the actual insert included in Marvel #90. To read about the history of the Mark Jeweler insert follow the link - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts Part 4 - Marvel Mark Jewelers Inserts - The Colored End of an Era - October 1986 - July 1991