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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #18
February 22nd, 2014 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #18 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #18

Date: December 1983
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2014 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, Edward Norton, George Roussos
Notable Notes: Joes and Cobra invade Coney Island!

Old Amusement Parks

Have you ever encountered an old, abandoned amusement park? I have, once, in Guam! I remember seeing it from the highway – all the rides overgrown with tropical vegetation. It was downright spooky! I did think it would be fun to play hide-n-seek or some sort of war game in though. Can you imagine how fun that’d be – running around and hiding amongst all the old rides and game booths! I’ve haven’t thought of that old amusement park in a long, long time – but this issue reminded me of it because both the G.I. Joes and Cobra head to a famous amusement park to carry out their plans.


“Destro Returns” : G.I. Joe #17 ended with a bunch of people heading for Coney Island in New York for a big show down. This issue begins with the Joes, on their amphibious vehicle, making a beachhead near the famous park – and giving the local tourists quite a surprise! Just as they get there, however, they notice the arrival of Scar-face (via taxi) and Destro (via Cobra jet.) Both Destro and the Joes race to get to Scar-face first, but it is Mr. Silver Head who wins, and he takes the scary Scar-face back to Cobra’s base – where they inject him with the contagious disease Dr. Venom has been researching. Then the Cobra team flies off to Libya, and the Joe team is right behind them. There, in the middle of the desert, the Joes infiltrate the Cobra assemblage and rescue Scar-face. The only problem, however, is that they did exactly what Cobra wanted them to do: take on a highly infectious body full of deadly bacteria. Noooo!

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – It’s too bad this was such a low-quality, average story. The last few issues gave me hope that the storyline would continue to be awesome… but, alas, it was not to be.
  • Art: 4 stars – I dig 80’s comic art, and this issue was no exception. I really enjoyed the visuals in this whole issue!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – The good art wasn’t enough to save the terribly mediocre storyline. At least there were some fun locations to look at!

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