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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #5
April 22nd, 2013 by Rusty

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G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #5 cover

G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #5

Date: November 1982
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 60¢
2013 Price Range: $3 – $25
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Postbox: The Pit!” letters page and Bullpen Bulletins
Writer: Larry Hama
Other Artists: Don Perlin, Jon D’Agostino & Mike Esposito, Jim Novak, Stan Goldberg
Notable Notes: Cobra tries to steal a tank!

A Grand Parade

Have you ever seen a parade with a tank in it? I don’t think I have. All the parades I’ve been to have the boring military vehicles – like the troop carriers, the ambulances, the fire trucks and such. I would totally love to see a state-of-the-art tank roll down the road in front of me! Oh well, here is a story where that exact scenario happens. I didn’t see them throwing any candy though!


“Tanks” For The Memories : You’d think this issue would pick up where G.I. Joe #4 left off – but it doesn’t. Instead it begins with 3 members of the team polishing up their latest, greatest tank: MOBAT. In their effort to get the lovely Scarlett to help them they point out every neat feature the vehicle has… just in case we missed anything. Meanwhile at La Guardia airport Cobra operatives are able to steal a copy of a confidential document stating that MOBAT will be in an upcoming parade. Well, Cobra leaders jump all over this opportunity to try to get their grubby hands on the tank! When parade day finally arrives, the Cobra team’s effort to steal the tank is foiled, and a chase is on through NYC! As the band-clad Cobra members try to capture the vehicle, the Joes inside make full use of its special abilities to help them not only escape but expose the Cobra commander as well!

My 2 Cents:

  • The story was kind of mediocre and something I would expect from a toy-themed series. It’s funny: I remember loving this book when I was a kid!
  • The art was the best part of this issue, I thought. Sure, it still looks ’80-ish, but I thought it was well done and really captured the essence of the G.I. Joes!
  • The parade theme was fun, but it was a little bit too much on 2 occasions: when the MOBAT was being “explained” to Scarlett, and when the Cobra team dressed up as a marching band.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars
  • Art: 4 stars
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars

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