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Issue #16: Night Attack
Publication Date: October 1983
Writer: Larry Hama
Penciler: Mike Vosburg
Inker: Jon D'Agostino
Lettering: Joe Rosen
Colorist: Andy Yanchus


"General Flagg was right in a way...we're the Joes. We don't need anybody else's help. We take care of our own."
- Hawk (to Clutch as they race into battle)

During a battle simulation, the Joes receive news from their headquarters that Cobra has threatened to destroy the Capitol, however, Hawk confronts General Flagg and explains that he believes Cobra will raid the U.S. Treasury since same ink used in the creation of U.S. currency was found at the Cobra base in Springfield, Vermont. Unfortunately, General Flagg refuses to move any of the troops from the Capitol. During the night attack, Cobra fools the soldiers by using model airplanes and toys with parachutes. Hawk quickly hops into a VAMP and travels with Clutch and Scarlett to the Treasury Building, where Torpedo, Tripwire and Gung Ho have successfully prevented Cobra from poisoning the money supply, but the Joes are captured. Cover Girl bursts out of a dummy garbage truck with her Wolverine and takes out several HISS tanks with the help of Zap, Rock 'n' Roll and the Dragonfly, which is manned by Wild Bill and Airborne. Cobra Commander and Destro, who are in one of the two remaining HISS tanks try to outflank Cover Girl's Wolverine, however, the Baroness notices that Major Bludd has targeted Destro with her HISS tank's gun turrets, so she swerves hard and crashes into a car. Major Bludd abandons the Baroness and the HISS tank blows up while she is trapped inside. Hawk, Clutch and Scarlett pursue Cobra Commander, Destro and Dr. Venom, but Hawk is shot in the back while struggling with Destro.

G.I.Joe: Rock 'n' Roll, Airborne, Wild Bill, Scarlett, Breaker, Hawk, Cover Girl, Clutch, Tripwire, General Flagg, Torpedo, Gung Ho, Zap Cobra: Cobra Commander, Major Bludd, Scar Face, Destro, Dr. Venom, the Baroness
G.I.Joe: RAM, MOBAT, VAMP, Dragonfly, Wolverine Cobra: HISS

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After Destro, Cobra Commander and an unnamed Cobra agent watch Cover Girl's Wolverine roll down a street on a monitor, Cobra Commander remarks that they need a new plan, and Destro's solution is a nocturnal battle led by Major Bludd. Flying a FANG helicopter, Major Bludd attacks the Joes in the air while HISS tanks strike the Joe forces on the ground. But the Joes repel Cobra and capture a Cobra officer, an ending that enrages Cobra Commander. But Destro merely laughs and explains that all is proceeding to his plan.

G.I.Joe: Cover Girl, Clutch, Flash, Stalker, Grunt (tan version), Steeler, Hawk, Scarlett Cobra: Destro, Cobra Commander, Cobra agents, Major Bludd
G.I.Joe: VAMP, Wolverine Cobra: FANG, HISS

Major Bludd is a dangerous foe
Trained by Destro,
the enemy of G.I.Joe
G.I.Joe a real American hero
Fighting Cobra and Destro

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According to the fine print located at the bottom of the first page, issue number 16 was released in October 1983 while The X-Files episode "The Pine Bluff Variant," which contained a plot about a militia attempting to add a deadly virus to the US money supply, aired on May 3, 1998. I'm not going to suggest that the writers of the show, Frank Spotnitz and John Shiban are G.I.Joe fans and recycled Larry Hama's story, but isn't it interesting how these plot parallels occur?

Hawk's sentiment about the Joes taking care of their own was echoed again in issue #47.

Scenes from the commercial were reused in the animation segments for following toy advertisements:
· Destro (1983)
· G.I.Joe APC
· G.I.Joe Wolverine and Cobra HISS
· G.I.Joe Dragonfly and Cobra FANG
· G.I.Joe Headquarters

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