Hama has cited this as his favorite JOE pencils. A segment of fans still speak of the “Golden Yearbooks.”
This is the only one to feature Golden’s interior art. And the first Yearbook was only a cover job. That’s the impact of this one comic. Decades later, two of the few 80s comics to receive this deluxe reprint treatment are JOE #21 and this issue.
Not sure what the average reader thought of this. Marvel hadn’t conditioned its fans to accept cartooning, really.
And this is cartoonish to the point of giving banged-up characters Xs for eyes.
Cobra vs.The Oktober Guard! The Rooskies are speaking broken English, even amongst themselves.
Is this the first appearance of the Cobra Transport Copter? Interesting if it’s a Golden design. (Was never a toy, oddly.)
Only real appearance from Joe team in story. Very Hama ending; the team needs the McGuffin more for bureaucratic reasons than anything. Gratuitous plug time -- all of my Kindle Worlds JOE novels (set in the original Sunbow cartoon continuity) can be downloaded for free over at Smashwords!