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GJ MC017
G.I. Joe #17
"Loose Ends"
Attribution
Writer(s)

Larry Hama

Penciller(s)

Mike Vosburg

Inker(s)

Jon D'Agostino

Letterer

Joe Rosen

Colorist

George Roussos

Cover artist

Mike Vosburg

Editor

Dennis O'Neil

Publication information
Publisher

Marvel Comics

Publication date

November 1983

Pages

22

General information
Continuity

A Real American Hero comics continuity

Series

G.I. Joe

Preceded by

Night Attack!

Followed by

Destro Returns!

After the events of a night attack, the Joe Team go after the escaping Cobras.


Detailed summary

Issue17.1
In the events of last issue, Hawk was shot in the back by Cobra Commander. As soon as Doc checks on the fallen Joe leader, he has him on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. It is of great fortune that Hawk is still alive thanks to a bullet-proof armor he was wearing under his shirt. However, the bullets still managed to cause some injury to him as to render him in critical condition. As soon as Hawk is airlifted, the Joes focus their energies in trying to find the H.I.S.S. tank the Cobra Commander is on.

Somewhere in a highway out of Washington D.C., a H.I.S.S. tank is trying to get as far away as possible. On board are Dr. Venom, Cobra Commander and Destro who is still in shock that the Baroness died. The Commander slyfully takes any suspicion the Scotsman may have had on him by offering him the explanation that Major Bludd is also in love with the Baroness. As per the Commander's tale, Bludd tried to kill Destro to eliminate his rival but the Baroness foiled his assassination attempt and was killed instead. Destro swears revenge on Major Bludd. And just at that moment, they are spotted by the G.I. Joe pilot, Ace.

Issue17.2
other Joes are closing in on the HISS Tank but Dr. Venom is able to call Cobra headquarters. Soon, Cobra reinforcements arrive along with a large transport helicopter. A firefight ensues with the Joes victorious but unable to stop the transport helicopter from picking up the H.I.S.S. Ace manages to eliminate two Cobra jet fighters. However, his Skystriker is damaged in the fight and the Commander lives to run.

In another area, Grand Slam and Stalker monitor the toll booth area where Major Bludd takes a bus and its passengers hostage. Grand Slam works his way in to the bus and knocks out Major Bludd. Before he is rendered unconscious, Bludd realizes Scar-Face is also in the bus. The Joes don't know this fact and takes Bludd into custody.

Issue17.3
Miami, Snake-Eyes and Kwinn escape from jail. After escaping, they take a Cadillac from a group of gamblers in a game by continuously raising the stakes. As they head to the interstate, Kwinn is frustrated at his path to vengeance. As much as he wants revenge on Venom, he does not want to be consumed by it.

At Bethesda Naval Hospital, Major Bludd is taken in for the injuries he received from Grand Slam's beating. He is wheeled into an emergency room while Grand Slam and Stalker are not allowed inside. The ER staff is quickly called away to attend to another patient in more serious condition. All the time, Bludd was merely pretending to be unconscious and is about to take a nurse hostage. The other patient in the room turns out to be Hawk who is patched up but has refused to give up his .45.

Somewhere between New Jersey and New York, Kwinn and Snake-Eyes are at a bridge. While they don't know where Scar-Face is, Kwinn knows where his hide out is. Meanwhile, at the port, Scar-Face hails a cab to take him to Coney Island. Finally, a doctor at Bethesda informs Cobra Commander and Destro that Hawk is alive and Bludd has been captured. With Scar-Face gone underground, he has evaded capture by the Joes. Still, Destro is confident and swears knowledge of his hideout in Coney Island.

Appearances

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilians
  • Bus driver (24)
  • Doctors (28)
  • Gamblers (27)
  • Impatient commuter (11)
  • Kwinn (23)



Featured Vehicles & Equipment

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilian
  • Bus
  • Shelby GT Cobra





Featured Locations

Cobra Civilian Military
  • George Washington Bridge
  • Interstate 75
  • Maryland
  • Miami
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Bethesda Naval Hospital


Memorable quotes

  • None yet.

Other notes

Errors

  • Major Bludd shoots bullets out of the tip of the rocket in his hand-held rocket launcher. Stalker calls the weapon a "hand cannon". On the cover of the issue, his weapon is drawn with a gun barrel.
  • Short-Fuze (in addition to his codename being spelled wrong, again) has rather dramatically changed appearance - he's got about the same build as most Joes in previous appearances, but here he looks like a linebacker, and also has an extremely large, remarkably square head.

Items of note

  • First appearance: F.A.N.G.
  • The extent of the Baroness' injuries are revealed.
  • The gamblers comment that Snake-Eyes is laughing.[1]
  • Grand Slam puts in a rare appearance. He would seem to be left-handed, judging from the beatdown he delivers to Major Bludd on page 15.

Real-world references

Footnotes and References

  1. Readers wrote in complaining that Snake-Eyes shouldn't be able to laugh, since he's mute. They're incorrect: it's quite possible to laugh without involving the vocal cords.





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