Beginnings and Endings

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Cobra Commander's plans are derailed by Fred VII, while Stalker leads a dangerous mission into Borovia.

Detailed summary

  • Synopsis not yet written.


Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilians Borovians
  • Borovian guards (13)
  • Colonel Ratnikov (15)
  • Sgt. Zhukin (14)

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

Borovian military
  • Tank
  • Jeep

Featured Locations

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilian
  • "Somewhere in the United States"

Memorable quotes

Billy tells Raptor to go lay an egg, then later refuses to hit him on the grounds that there's "too much bad karma generated by striking someone as pathetic as you". One suspects Hama was having trouble taking Raptor seriously and only using him under orders from Hasbro, or something.

"One last thing. You will be discharged from the service for the duration of the mission. The government wants basis for denial..."

--Hawk may come to regret those words.

"I'll write you both nice letters of recommendation to Serpentor for all the good that'll do you... but you have to understand I've finally seen the light..."

--Say it ain't so, Cobra Commander, say it ain't so!

"Great thing about this armor... could be anybody inside."

--Fred VII just got himself a promotion.

Other notes


  • Outback's cover is a red-headed Arab? Who put these disguises together?
  • On page 16, the second half of Outback's speech balloon is credited to Quick-Kick - who is therefore telling himself to "haul it."
  • Raptor's speech patterns are completely different from those in Divergent Paths two issues earlier.
  • The guns on page 15 give off some pretty outrageous lens flares. Who's drawing this, J.J. Abrams?

Items of note

  • The four Joes sent into Borovia each get a unique cover story:
    • Stalker is an African agricultural attache
    • Quick-Kick is a Southeast-Asian economist
    • Outback is an Arab refinery engineer
    • Snow Job is a Finnish vodka distiller
  • The story is continued in Special Missions #6.
  • This issue, like #60, was originally drawn by Todd McFarlane. However, his art was deemed unacceptable, and the entire issue was quickly redrawn by Marshall Rogers. McFarlane's art for this issue would eventually be published as G.I. Joe Special in 1995.
  • Featuring both the capture of three Joes and Fred VII taking over for Cobra Commander, this issue is a pivotal point in the series.
  • This issue was reprinted in the G.I. Joe: The Best of Cobra Commander trade paperback.
  • In the United Kingdom the story was reprinted in Transformers #236, #237, #238, #239 & #240.

Real-world references

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Footnotes and References

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