#119- "Double Trouble"
Writer: Herb Trimpe
Penciler: Herb Trimpe
Summary: Snake-Eyes, Scarlett
and Storm Shadow are sent into the Cobra Consulate Building (now looking perfectly normal) to stop Cobra's latest schemes: robot duplicates of world leaders! After some identity mix-ups, the Joes make it to the control room and face off with Cobra Commander. Going into his OLD bag of tricks (ala issue 1), CC escapes through a hidden tunnel.
With the help of a guided "smart missile", the Joes are able to destroy the robot operation, as well as Cobra's storage facility on "Atol Das Rocas", off the coast of Brazil.
This story is out of place and quite bad, but it would've fit right in during the book's first year. That reason alone gives it a mild retro feel and keeps it from being a total dud.
Trimpe STILL hasn't figured out Cobra. He writes them like HYDRA, again. The robot duplicates are very similar to someting HYDRA might pull with rogue LMD units.
Since it's Trimpe, he makes sure to squeeze in more vintage planes. A Soviet Be-12 Amphibian and a Beriev Be-12 twins turboprop.
Cobra Commander is back to wearing his old hood this issue. He'll return to his "Egyptian Pharoah" suit, next issue.
The robots are dubbed: "ECHO". Ehanced Copy, Human Original. Models include: Norman Schwarzkopf, Eddie Murphy, George Bush, Mikail Gorbachev, Saddam Hussein, Prince and....some guy from CNN.
Egads, Cobra was planning to replace Prince and Eddie Murphy! Maybe they did replace the latter. That would explain stuff like "Boomerang" and "The Nutty Professor".
The Cobra Consulate was severely damaged, when last we saw it, circa issue 109. Now it's back to normal. We'll see if it pops up, again.
The GI Joe SUB makes it first appearance since...issue 18!
The Skystorm X-wing Chopper makes perhaps its only appearance. About THREE YEARS after it came out.