Shuttle Complex

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Fred VII leads a Cobra shuttle into space to keep the G.I. Joe team from discovering the secret of the Terror Drome project.

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The US Air Force shuttle crew, Major Jones, Lt. Kirk and Colonel Prupis, are making improvements to an eye in the sky satellite. This upgrade will make it easier to see things down on Earth. After starting up the satellite with the new upgrades, they immediately begin receiving tons of extra data. Someone has been running a worldwide operation right under their noses. They make a call to mission control.

Of course, the group running this operation is Cobra. Dr. Mindbender barges in on "Cobra Commander" and the Baroness talking about how they plan to keep up the impersonation of Cobra Commander.[1] Dr. Mindbender is scared that the US will discover what exactly they are doing with these satellites and how it will effect their most secret operation, the true purpose of the Cobra Terror Dromes.

Fred VII and the Baroness launch in the Cobra shuttle to destroy the spy satellites. The Joes detect Cobra's launch and launch a shuttle of their own, the Defiant.

With the US Air Force shuttle in the middle, The Defiant and Cobra's shuttle begin a space battle. The Joes hit the Cobra shuttle causing damage and knocking out the Baroness. Without the Baroness, Fred VII doesn't know what to do, and has a moment of crisis.

The G.I. Joe shuttle is coming around for another attack. And the shuttle crew is asking for orders. Fred VII gathers his composure and leads the Cobra shuttle in a counterattack. Instead of attacking the Defiant, he shoots down all the satellites, and heads for home. Fred has found his ability to lead.

Somewhere in Europe, the Blind Master, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes audition for a circus and its ringmaster, The White Clown. The next stop for the circus is in Borovia.


Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilians Circus folk U.S. astronauts
  • Colonel Prupis (3)
  • Lt. Kirk (2)
  • Major Jones (1)

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilian
  • Cobra shuttle
  • Space shuttle

Featured Locations

G.I. Joe Cobra Civilian
  • Outer space
  • "Somewhere in Europe"

Memorable quotes

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Other notes


  • In the last issue, Payload was black. This issue, he's still drawn like a black man, but colored white, matching the toys.

Items of note

  • First appearance: The White Clown and his Circus
  • We get our first specific geographical information about Borovia: it shares a border with Austria.
  • The White Clown's circus troupe, Le Cirque de Cochon Noir, translates as "Black Pig Circus."
  • This issue was reprinted in the G.I. Joe: The Best of Larry Hama collected hardback.
  • In the United Kingdom the story was reprinted in Transformers #262, #263, #264 & #265.

Real-world references

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Footnotes and References

  1. Begun last issue.

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