G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) - #36 ½
"A Bad Day at the Circus"
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Jim Keplinger - 'Kep'
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Cover Date: March 2008
Cover Price: Free
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Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 24 pages
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At Cobra Headquarters in Springfield, Cobra Commander concludes a formal meeting, making Tomax and Xamot commanders of the Crimson Guard. Leaving the ceremony, Tomax and Xamot are confronted by other members of the upper Cobra echelons, with each expressing their concerns about the newcomers.
The twins drive to the Arbco Plastic Surgery clinic, where they meet with Dr. "H" and ask about the progress of the Fred Series creations. Walking through the clinic halls, they observe Crimson Guardsmen in various stages of training. Dr. H promises the twins that many Freds will rendezvous with their circus caravan.
ATransporting an Armadillo along route 3 in New Jersey, Flint asks Duke about his new secret unit. Duke evades the question when a speeding van zooms by them. The van is followed by a speeding Arbco garbage truck. When a ladder on the van comes loose and tumbles to the road, the Crimson Twins fly out in front on a Ferret ATV and catch it.
Seeing the stunt, Duke and Flint are reminded of an op they underwent in Trucial Abysmia with Roadblock. In a flashback, Flint recalls the three of them driving in a humvee, chasing down an armored car with two passengers they believe to be Benzheenis. Unbeknownst to them, the passengers of the armored car are actually Tomax and Xamot. To avoid fire, they drive into an oil refinery. Flint drives up to them when Roadblock attempts to hit the twins with his ma-deuce. The twins avoid the blows with some fancy driving, a trick Flint will not soon forget.
Back in the present, Gung Ho and Blowtorch stand guard outside the Fort Wadsworth motor pool when several Joes leave with captured HISS tanks. They have orders from Duke to meet at a testing site. As they drive down the road, Fred I sees them and wonders if some big Cobra operation is occuring. His wife cuts him off before he can contact Cobra headquarters. At that moment, a busload of Freds drive by, prompting more surprise from Fred I. Immediately after, Bongo and Ripcord drive by on their way to Candy's father, causing Fred I to duck down in his seat so as not to be recognized.
Candy and Ripcord arrive at her house. Candy calls for her father, explaining to Ripcord that the back room is off-limits as he has some dumb uniforms from a sacred lodge back there. Professor Appel calls back that he is finishing some lodge business, when in reality he actually has a sketch of the Terror Drome.
The next night, Tomax and Xamot perform stunts on their Ferret ATV in the circus. Cutter and doc are thoroughly impressed with the act, remarking that more Joes should see the performance.
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) HC vol. 04
-A story taking place between Marvel's Issue #36 and Issue #37.
-Comic 2008 celebrating the 25th Anniversary of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
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