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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) - #53

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Larry Hama

Rod Whigham

Andy Mushynsky

George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

Joe Rosen

Bobbie E. Chase
Robert 'Bob' Harras
Jim Shooter

Cover Artist(s):
Josef 'Joe' Rubinstein
Michael J. Zeck - 'Mike Zeck'

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Cover Date: November 1986
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

There are other versions of this issue in the database:
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #53 Newsstand

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Letters Column: Postbox: The Pitt

Hawk leads four generals/admirals through the Pit on an expection tour. The rest of the Joes are scattered about the area. Most are hanging around the base under which the Pit is housed. Serpentor leads a Cobra invasion of the Pit. Cobra Commander and Destro make their way down to the bottom of the Pit trapping Hawk and the four generals/admirals. During the battle the joes intercept Serpentor up top while two of the generals sacrifice themselves to save the rest. The Pit is destroyed. Destro and Cobra Commander are presumed dead. After this issue the Joes become a nomad group with no clear base of operations.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Classic G.I. Joe (2009) TPB vol. 06
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) HC vol. 05

First Appearance of General Hollingsworth.
Introduction and Death of Admiral Dyson, General Ryan
First hint of Flint and Lady Jaye's relationship.
Destro and Cobra Commander are trapped in the bottom of The Pit, presumed dead.

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G.I.Joe Review - G.I.Joe Review Episode 030

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