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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #19
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July 21st, 2014 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe #19 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #19

Date: January 1984
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, Rick Parker, George Roussos
Notable Notes: The Joes trick Cobra into attacking a fake base!

Synopsis:

Last issue ended with the Joes recovering an infectious Scar-face. This issue starts back in the States with the Joes creating a fake building on top of their underground fortress. Why? Because now that Cobra knows their location, they figure if the enemy destroys the fake building they will think they won! Genius huh? Anyway, they also have Scar-face there, and it turns out he has the anti-dote to his sickness, so that whole storyline pretty much fizzles out. Meanwhile, Kwinn and Snake-eyes crash in on Dr. Venom’s new digs near the Brooklyn navy yard, and when they get attacked they jump into some of Cobra’s new power suits – the only problem is that those suits can be remotely controlled! Uh-oh! Cobra brings them and the rest of their arsenal to the attack on Joe HQ, but the Joes respond with some new toys of their own: the small PAC/RATS! Anyway, a small battle takes place where each side uses it prisoners to goad the other, and then the prisoners escape. Cobra, however, does destroy the fake HQ and leave believing they are the victors. And Kwinn sacrifices himself to finally kill Dr. Venom, while General Flagg dies in the line of duty. A sad day for the Joes indeed.

My 2 Cents:

  • Story: 3 stars – Another average story in this series. A typical battle, some pretty lame tactics and a bunch of hi-tech toys.
  • Art: 4 stars – I’m still liking the art from this creative team! Classic Joe look from the 1980s!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – Good art and fun toys not-with-standing, this is still a so-so issue. I remember this series being loads of fun when I was a kid and had the G.I. Joe toys – but, alas, that isn’t the case now.

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