||Hawk; General Flagg (Mentioned only); Stalker; Scarlett; Steeler; Flash; Breaker; Clutch; Grand Slam; Zap (All as members of G.I. Joe); Brekhow; Schrage; Horrorshow; Stormavik; Daina (All as The Oktober Guard) (Introductions for all) [Also known as October Guard]; Cobra Commander (Villain); Unnamed tactical air support pilots; Ahmed; CIA Liason; Cobra officers (Soldiers)
||The GI. Joe team go to Afghanistan to retrieve a prototype anti-gravity device but COBRA and the Oktober Guard have the same agenda.
||Herb Trimp (Plot); Larry Hama
||Jack Abel [Gary Michaels]
||Jim Novak [James Novak]
||The story title, "To Fail Is To Conquer...To Succeed Is To Die !" is from an ancient afghan proverb. The late 1970's-early 1980's video game classic, Space Invaders is mentioned in this story.
||from G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero (Marvel, 1982 series) #6 (December 1982)