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Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: October 1986
Series: Special Missions
Issue Number: 1

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LOCATION: The Baltic Sea
The Joes have leaked information about a disabled American submarine in the Baltic Sea to the Russians and to Cobra as a ploy to allow a Russian Navy Captain to defect. Joe team members Cutter, Deep Six, Shipwreck, Torpedo and Wet Suit are sent in to extract him as both Cobra and the October Guard fight over the mythical disabled submarine.

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Notes of Interest

The individual Special Mission issues influence on the main series fluctuates from being a completely separate story to having a minor influence or is a direct continuation from the regular Marvel series.

Major Players

Main Mission Joes: Cutter, Deep Six, Shipwreck (Polly), Torpedo, Wet Suit
Support Joes: Hawk, Wild Bill, Roadblock, Airborne

Cobra: Baroness, Destro, Firefly

October Guard: Col. Brekhov, Diana, Horrorshow, Schrage, Stormavik

Special Missions Only character: Cap. Bulgakov

Creative Team

Story: Larry Hama,
Art: Herb Trimpe,
Lettering: Phil Felix,
Coloring: Bob Sharen,
Editor: Don Daley & Bob Harras,
Editor in Chief: Jim Shooter.
Cover Artist: Mike Zeck and John R. Beatty

Full Details

In the Baltic Sea, a rumor of a disabled American submarine has brought the October Guard out to investigate a Swedish fishing trawler. Diana is flying a Hind attack helicopter with Colonel Brekhov is the passenger seat. On the trawler, the Joe team, Shipwreck, Cutter, Deep Six, Torpedo and Wet Suit are working undercover as fishermen. As each team discovers the identity of the other, the radar goes off. Fast moving objects are coming their way.

The Baroness, flying a FANG helicopter with two additional FANG's supporting her, attack the Guard's helicopter. The Guard destroys both support FANG's, Baroness scores a hit on the Hind with a missile and they go head to head firing their machine guns. Each helicopter receives severe damage and limps away. The Joe team has been watching entire the helicopter duel.

Deep Six and his SHARC are launched off the deck of the trawler with a live video cable connected to the SHARC.

Diana and Brekhov crash land the Hind on the Russian Navy Captain Bulgakov's frigate, Udaloy. The Baroness crashes her FANG into the ocean near Firefly who has a hydrofoil with several Eels. Both feel that the Joe presence is proof of the disabled submarine. And set about to stop the Joes and recover the submarine for themselves.

Cobra and the October Guard converge on the Joe's trawler. Bulgakov asks the Joes to surrender and sends out Horrorshow and Diana to tap into the video cable feed from the SHARC. After tapping in Diana goes on to attack Cobra and Horrorshow dives deep down to find the SHARC and submarine. On the Hydrofoil, The Baroness sends two of her Eels to sneak onto the Udaloy, once on the ship they over here Schrage and Bulgakov listening to the sounds of the disabled submarine on the bottom of the ocean, as well as see a picture of it from the tapped cable feed. The Eels relay the confirmation to the Baroness that the Russians also know about the downed submarine.

As a fight breaks out on the deck of Udaloy, Diana and the Baroness fight on the Hydrofoil, below the surface Deep Six knocks out Horrorshow just as he discovers that the video cable feed is just a video tape playing a recording of a model and that the submarine noise is all part of a hoax. There is no real disabled American submarine sitting on the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Diana is kicked off the Hydrofoil which immediately crashes into the Udaloy. The Baroness and Firefly jump on the front deck of the Udaloy as a full out fight happens with Brekhov, Stormavik and Schrage all fighting hard. Diana then climbs on the back of Udaloy behind the Eels and using her sniper rifle she takes out the two Eels. On the other side of the ship, Torpedo and Wet Suit climb aboard. They walk directly to the bridge where they hand Bulgakov a harness. The Baroness & Firefly are now cornered at the front of the ship. Colonel Brekhov asks them to throw down their weapons.

Off the port side of the Udaloy, a Cobra submarine surfaces with Destro explaining that the disabled submarine is a hoax set up by the Joe team. Standing on top of the ship is Cap. Bulgakov, he is in a STABO harness (STAbilized Body extraction unit, basically a rope suspended by a small balloon is picked up by a flying aircraft lifting the person up and out of the area), Wild Bill and Hawk flying in a C-130 pick him up as he is saying that since the death of his wife he has lost his party loyalty and is defecting.

The fighting has stopped. The Joes kick Horrorshow off their boat, Wet Suit & Torpedo return to the trawler and the October Guard kick the Baroness and Firefly off their ship with everybody going home; the Joes have accomplished their mission without firing a shot.

Summary by Josh Eggebeen