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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #15
September 2nd, 2013 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #15 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #15

Date: September 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, Rick Parker, Andy Yanchus and Denny O’Neil
Notable Notes: 1st appearance of Major Bludd!

Central America – An 80s Stereotype!

I remember growing up during the 1980s and all the stereotypes surrounding Central and South America: full of drug lords, guerrilla warriors and corrupt leaders. There seemed to be a bunch of movies, books and comics that played off those stereotypes too – some to great acclaim. Here is an issue that, regardless of the stereotypes, is still a great read!


“Red-Eye To Miami” : Last issue ended with Snake-Eyes and Dr. Venom being captured in a South American jungle, and that is right were this issue picks up – with the slimy doctor begging for his life! He doesn’t have to beg for long, though, because Kwinn make a miraculous recovery and pops up to gun down the bad guys and then lead the other two men to a nearby airfield to steal a bomber. After a narrow and harrowing take-off the three frenemies begin their long and dangerous trip to the USA – dangerous because none of them trust each other and are worried about being stabbed in the back! Meanwhile the Joes try to figure out what Cobra was up to in Vermont, and there is some in-fighting between Destro, The Baroness and Cobra Commander. Anyway, the three amigos finally make a crash landing on a beach in Florida, and while Snake-Eyes and Kwinn are taken away in shackles Dr. Venom is granted a writ of release by Cobra’s lawyer. Why is it that the bad guys always get off scott free?!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – Another solid story from G.I. Joe scribe Larry Hama! This was a great story with an excellent Vietnam-ish feel to it.
  • Art: 5 stars – I was very pleased with the artwork in this issue. The art was all-around excellent, and several scenes reminded me of Watchmen!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – This issue was great fun! The South America scenes were like an action movie! Very well done!

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