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Origins #17
Attribution
Writer(s)

Chuck Dixon

Penciller(s)

Alex Cal

Letterer

Chris Mowry

Colorist

J. Brown

Cover artist

Tom Feister (cover A)
Alex Cal (cover B)

Editor

Andy Schmidt

Publication information
Publisher

IDW

Publication date

July 14, 2010

Pages

22

General information
Continuity

A Real American Hero IDW comics continuity

Series

G.I. Joe: Origins

Preceded by

Origins #16

Followed by

Origins #18

The Origin of Zartan, Part 2: The twisted origin of Cobra's man of a thousand identities continues as Zartan is trained in the ways of death and disguise by his Cobra masters. But perhaps he knows far more than they. A deadly game begins; a game where only Zartan knows the rules. A glimpse inside Cobra and their evil schemes to manipulate world events from the shadows.

—The description as originally solicited by IDW Publishing.


Detailed summary

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearances

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Cobra Civilians
  • Dr. Denver (5)
  • Helene Cotillard (4)
  • Randolph Cottilard (3)


Memorable quotes

"There's a predisposition for neurological disorders and melanoma. Those are easily reversed."

--Dr. Taggac can read genetic codes that easily?

Other notes

Errors

  • In this issue, the Vipers wear mirrored masks, something that hasn't been seen in IDW books previously.

Items of note

  • First appearance: Section Nine, Dr. Taggac, Hellene Cotillard, Bryson
  • Dr. Taggac is a geneticist. The letters in his name - G, T, A and C - represent the four amino acids that form all DNA.
  • Zartan gets a first name: Emil.

Real-world references

G.I. Joe references

  • Section Nine is located beneath the Carpathian Mountains. That would put it near Trans-Carpathia, site of the Silent Castle in A Real American Hero.
  • When examining Zartan's genetic code, Dr. Taggac mentions neurological disorders: in other words, the schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder mentioned on RAH Zartan's filecard.
    • Additionally, melanoma is skin cancer, often caused by exposure to sunlight, a reference to the toy's color-changing feature.

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