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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #14
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July 23rd, 2013 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #14 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #14

Date: August 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $2.00 – $18.00
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Postbox: The Pit!” letters page and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: Larry Hama
Artists: Mike Vosburg, Jon D’Agostino, J. Rosen and C. Scheele
Notable Notes: 1st full appearance of Destro!

Mr. Silver Head!

My collection of comics from the early ’80s has many holes in it, and sadly G.I. Joe is one of the titles that suffers greatly. After reviewing G.I. Joe #5 I found that this was the next issue I had – effectively skipping 9 issues! That sucks, especially since I realized that I’ve missed out on the little teaser appearances of one of my favorite G.I. Joe toys: Destro! Oh well, at least I have this book where he makes his first full appearance, and the story is actually pretty good too!

Synopsis:

“Destro Attacks” : A crazy doctor, an Eskimo soldier and Snake-Eyes are trapped in an underground bunker which is quickly filling with water. Dr. Venom wants to fight with the silent ninja, but the level headed Kwinn talks both of them into working together to try and escape. They make it out – but only after doctor crazy takes out the brave, strong Eskimo. Meanwhile the Joes figure out that Cobra is working on something special in Springfield, Vermont, so they load up a crew of soldiers and go to investigate. Also meanwhile, the Baroness flies the Cobra Commander to Vermont even though Destro is obviously jealous and asks her not to go. No – she ignores Destro, which only reinforces her evil, Cobra personality! Anyway, the good guys arrive there just as Cobra Commander is trying out his new secret toxin on an unwilling victim and Destro is leading his men to the defense of the town. A battle ensues in which the Joes win, but the Cobra big-wigs narrowly escape… yet again! Oh, and Snake-Eyes and Dr. Venom are captured by a team of renegade fighters and marched through the jungle while the fate of Kwinn is left hanging.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – This was actually a pretty cool story! (Which was nice considering that #5 wasn’t so hot.) The 3 story lines worked out well and all of them held my interest nicely!
  • Art: 5 stars – Another great job by the art team! There is some beautiful, classic 80s, comic book art in this issue which make it a pleasure to read!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – A very satisfying issue which totally left me wanting more! This series has been somewhat roller-coaster like in its enjoyment, but this issue is at the peak of its success! Well done!

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