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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #17
December 8th, 2013 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #17 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #17

Date: November 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, Joe Rosen, G. Roussos
Notable Notes: Cobra fugitives get lots of help!

Bus Troubles!

I commute to work on a bus nearly every day. It is nice because I can read, or surf the internet or just take a nap. But sometimes, in the back of my mind, there is a little bit of worry that something crazy is going to happen. You know, something like the driver getting us in a big crash, or even worse – the bus gets hi-jacked like in the movie “Speed”! This issue has a scene where a bus gets taken over by one of the Cobras, and as you can see from the cover it makes the ladies cry – now how sad is that! Plus, now I’m going to have nightmares about my own bus getting attacked by some crazy para-military group – sheesh!


“Loose Ends” : Issue #16 ended with Hawk getting shot in the back after chasing down a fleeing Cobra vehicle. This issue begins with the Joes stopping traffic to get him air-lifted to a hospital. Off he goes while the rest of the team vow to track down the fugitive Cobras and make them pay. Using their combined air and ground powers they catch up to Cobra Commander, Dr. Venom and Destro just as they are air-lifted to safety by some Cobra helicopters – drat! Meanwhile Destro vows revenge on Major Bludd once he realizes that the Major was trying to kill him so he could have the Baroness all to himself. And Dr. Venom warns Cobra Commander that he better not let Destro know it was him who stabbed the love-lorn silver head in the back! We also get to see Snake-Eyes and Kwinn as they escape from a Miami prison, swindle a car and drive to Coney Island in NYC. A third story-line follows Major Bludd as he hi-jacks a bus and then gets beaten up by the motorcycle riding duo of Stalker and Grand Slam. Then a funny thing happens: Major Bludd, Hawk and the Baroness all end up in the same hospital (what are the chances of that?!) where one of the doctors has loyalties to Cobra… uh-oh! The issue finally ends with Destro, Scar-Face and Kwinn all heading to Coney Island for a big show down!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 4 stars – I quite enjoyed the “fugitive” story lines in this issue, and thought they made a much more interesting story than last issue. I did take off 1 star, however, for the ultra-stupid scene where Gung-Ho smashes up a civilian’s car just because he was honking.
  • Art: 4 stars – Once again I thought it was really good 80s art! I really enjoyed the detailed facial expressions and location scenes. Excellent art for the time period!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – The fugitive feel was fun, and all the different fleeing tactics taken by Cobras was very interesting. Overall a great read!

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