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Two Night Creepers report to Cobra Commander on their failure to eliminate Snake-Eyes and Scarlet.

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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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In war fathers bury their sons...



I wanted to post both of Billy's deaths but comixology does not have the final part of DDP's World War III storyline. In it Billy is captured by Cobra, and the Commander gives him the, "join or die," option. Billy tries to assassinate his father, but instead takes out a body double, and as Billy dies from a toxin, Cobra Commander gloats how he has won over his own humanity: for he loved Billy once, and now he feels nothing.

Posted below is one page from G.I. Joe America's Elite #34 which shows the ceremony with which that Cobra Commander treats his son's body, and then how the Hama-verse version reacts to news of his son's passing in GI Joe A Real American Hero #172, and #174.

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Okay, we got through some of the few tender moments in Billy and CC's relationship last time, now it's time for dark humor and tragedy.

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During an attack on GI Joe headquarters Cobra Commander and Destro wind up missing and presumed dead, however they are alive and making their way together in civilian disguises.


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"So, I seem to be getting as much hate on ARAH#214 as I got on #21 and the second Annual. This is to be expected, so I just charlie-mike." -- Larry Hama

"The end of the road for SNAKE EYES... The events of this issue will change G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero forever!" -Comixology's promotional blurb which probably should have been on the last issue.

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"The fun is in taking that iteration of those characters out of that timeframe having them interact in a darker and more modern story structure." - Larry Hama

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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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So when I was posting Snake-eyes comics before I can't believe I failed to include these two issues...

In this post: Scarlet meets Snake-eyes for the first time, Storm Shadow address the accusation that he is to blame for the Hard Master's Death, the real killer's motive, and the birth of Cobra.

Also meet Mrs. Cobra Commander




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