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The Joe team is tasked with escorting Prince Ngoto the Younger from Oxford, England (where he had been teaching as an English professor) to his homeland of Kalingaland, to reclaim his father's throne after the defeat of the communist forces in his country.

After several thwarted assassination attempts they arrive at the capital.

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Remember what I said about G.I. Joe Special Missions having less Cobra and more serious plots? Forget it! This issue, written by regular artist Herbe Trimpe, is as close to the sunbow cartoon as the comic ever gets, also it's the only issue of the Marvel series to feature Crystal Ball and Hardball (as far as I know anyway).

--yeah you're not making it to the actual scans, buddy... nothing personal, you're not as bad as you're made out to be.

"The character, Snake Eyes, shall never be depicted or described as a fan of the New York Yankees."

--Content Guidelines for Kindle Worlds: G.I. Joe

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--I'm still going to tag this with char: Megatron, though Jetfire would have made more sense in context. Also this issue has a cover date of June '87, the last issue of G.I. Joe and the Transformers was dated April '87... I think this was Larry's subtle way of saying the Transformers only existed as toys in the G.I. Joe world even though that would later prove false .

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"There are some missions so secret, so sensitive that even the Joes who go on them are told only the bare minimum, on a strictly need-to-know basis. As far as the other Joes are concerned, these missions never existed these are the: G.I. Joe Special Missions"

--From the title page of the the short feature "Best Defense," in G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #50

The first Special Missions series was title that allowed Larry Hama to take the Joe characters out of the Joe vs Cobra military fantasy setting (though Cobra still appears in some of the stories), and put them into a slightly more realistic, and hard-edged setting. In this story the American government makes a deal with a Nazi war criminal, and sends in the Joe team to extract him, only for them to run afoul of the Mossad.

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Last time the GI Joes were big dumb soldiers who on the orders of a Senator who is very quick to suggest the destruction of her pet project, a flying nuclear power plant, destroyed Bumblebee after he saved a little kid. The Insecticon Bombshell was able to gang access to the plant, and a none too happy Superion showed up wanting to know what happened to his friend.

Also I love this cover, it's movie night at Shockwave's house! Get down Ravage!

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I met Larry Hama unexpectedly a few weeks ago, since he had a table at the Emerald City Comicon that I didn't know about before buying my ticket, and since then I've had his old '80s G.I. Joe comics on my mind. It doesn't hurt that Retaliation finally came out, either.

Special Missions was a relatively short-lived spin-off book that was a series of what were usually done-in-ones, involving particularly dicey or complicated missions by the team that did not necessarily involve Cobra.

This is a story from its second issue about refugee Nazis, Israeli Nazi hunters, and the Holocaust. This might be the kind of thing that mandates a trigger warning.

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Once upon a time The Spot was this supervillain who defeated Spider-Man (well, for one issue anyway), and instead of quitting while he was ahead he tried to defeat him again:

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The Spot nowadays is considered a joke (and he was never meant to be a very serious villain anyway) but the first time he fought Spider-Man he actually defeated the web-crawler. This is how it happened:

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Well, alright, before Voltron there were a lot of things; Superman, trees, disco, the Holy Roman Empire, but as far as we're concerned, Shogun Warriors is the thing to focus on (We have our priorities right on scans_daily!)

Approximately six pages each, from two eighteen-page stories from 1979/80

Combtara fights... THE HAND OF FIVE! )
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Okay, so now we've reached part 3 of my collection inventory project. 4 long boxes in and I've done DC from 1994 and Eclipse from 1987. That means it's time for Marvel from 1976! Understand that as a kid, I was a total card-carrying member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society (except for, you know, actually having the card). My DC collection is far more sporadic prior to the mid-80s, but my Marvel collection had more detail to it. However, the 1970s were the time before comic shops, when comics were gotten at Supermarkets, Drugstores and even(gasp!) newstands. Sometimes it was catch as catch can, since there was no good system for getting back issues and if you missed it, you missed it forever (or so it seemed to a kid).

Here we have an example of one I missed the first few issues for, but when I found it, I grabbed on with both hands. I give you Super-Villain Team-Up!

Wherein Doom is...well, DOOM. Namor is caught between a Rock and a Hard Place, a new character is introduced and an unexpected guest star appears. Read more... )
4 pages out of 31 from Super-Villain Team-Up #6.

Tags: Title: Super-Villian Team-Up, Creator: Herb Trimpe, Creator: Steve Englehart, Char: sub-mariner/namor mckenzie, Char: Dr. Doom/Victor von Doom


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