#20 SNOW BLIND
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Issue Date: April 1989
Series: Special Missions
Issue Number: 20
LOCATION: Bering Strait
Cobra has destroyed a Russian armor column. The October Guard is the sole remaining vehicle. A Snowcat is dropped in to support the Guard against Cobra's Wolves.
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.
Main Mission Joes: Avalanche, Frostbite, Snow Job
Support Joes: Airborne, Slip Stream, Wild Bill
Cobras: Ice Vipers, Techno Vipers, Toxo Vipers
October Guard: Col. Brekhov, Diana, Horrorshow
Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Herb Trimpe
Inks: Andy Mushynsky
Lettering: Phil Felix
Coloring: Nel Yomtov
Editor: Bobbie Chase
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco.
Cover Artist: Ron Wagner and Bob McLeod
The October Guard, in an armored column, is doing research out on the Bering Strait. Wild Bill is flying over head with a Snowcat in the back of his C-130. Frostbite, Snow Job and Avalanche are ready to deploy. A weather report comes in that a huge storm is coming, so the deployment is scrapped. As they fly away, five Cobra Ice Wolves attack the Russian column. The only vehicle to survive is the lead one with Colonel Brekhov, Diana and Horrorshow.
Looking out the window, the Joes spot the smoke column and circle back to see what happen, they spot the Wolves as they depart. The deployment is on again and the Snowcat using a LAPES (Low Altitude Parachute Ejection System) system is dropped with the plane slowing down. Wild Bill flies away to avoid the incoming storm.
The Snowcat's heat signature registers and the Wolves fire their missiles. All of them miss but one that disables the Snowcat's top missile rake. Frostbite's effective driving then gets them in a position to fire a ski missile which destroys one of the Wolves. The huge snow storm catches up with the battle and turns visibility to nothing.
The out numbered Joes are helped by the October Guard who destroy one of the Wolves. Snow Job on skies destroys another and the remaining two Wolves race of south. The Snowcat and October Guard are able to track them by there heat signatures. All of sudden these heat signatures change and speed up but they keep chasing. Realizing something is funny, Frostbite slows down, and Colonel Brekhov orders Horrorshow to go faster. He pulls around the Joes and takes off, running directly off the edge of the ice into the ocean. Frostbite stops and saves the three quite frozen Guardsmen. Realizing they were tricked they head north to chase down the last two Wolves.
The Wolves request readmittance to their base. A Cobra Terror Drome busts up through the ice to receive them. A huge heat signature comes up on the Snowcat's radar and they fire there last ski missile. The missile gets lucky and shoots directly into the hatch the Wolves are entering, blowing up the entire Terror Drome. When the weather clears, Wild Bill returns to pick up the Snowcat and the October Guard get their own pick up.
Summary by Josh Eggebeen