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The H.I.S.S. is a fictional vehicle from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, comic books and cartoon series.

The Cobra H.I.S.S. is a fictional tank featured in the G.I.Joe merchandise and media line.


The Cobra H.I.S.S. (Hi Speed Sentry) was first released in 1983. [1] It was packaged with the HISS Driver action figure. [2]

The Cobra H.I.S.S. II was released in 1989, packaged with the Track Viper action figure.[3]

The 2003 Convention special had more armaments and room for more figures. [4]


Marvel Comics

The vehicle has been featured in multiple Marvel Comics, as a mainstay of the Cobra army.

HISS Tanks are used when Cobra attacks the US Treasury. When they fail, the Cobra High Command use them for escape vehicles. Cobra Commander decides that the escape is a perfect chance to have Baroness' gunner, Major Bludd, kill his gunner, Destro. The Baroness intervenes, crashing her tank. She is caught up in the explosion but survives. Bludd escapes. Hawk catches up with the other tank and is promptly shot off by Cobra Commander. He also survives his injuries. In the issues, the tanks are much larger in scale, offering space for many more characters then the toy could hold.[5]

HISS Tanks and FANG helicopters are used in an aborted attack on McGuire Air Force Base, after the Dreadnoks spotted a Dragonfly landing there.[6]

They are used in defense of Cobra Island in issue 41.[7]

HISS Tanks are the mainstays of Serpentor's army in the first Cobra Island civil war. He uses one as a personal battlefield transport, with the Baroness tied to the canopy as a hostage.[8]

Devil's Due

Transformers Ironhide as a Cobra H.I.S.S. tank

The 'Hiss' vehicle appears in the Devil's Due G.I.Joe series. It is first shown as part of the evidence that Cobra had returned after a long time of inactivity.[9] The HISS 2, a modified version, is one of the many vehicles Destro brings with when he rescues the Baroness from Russian and Yakuza mobsters.[10] In the Transformers crossover series Ironhide and Ratchet assumed the forms of Hiss tanks.Template:Issue


The HISS tank was an opponent in the 1985 G.I.JOE Commodore 64 video game. [11]


  1. HISS Tank information
  2. HISS Driver file card
  3. http://www.yojoe.com/vehicles/89/hiss2/
  4. 2003 Hiss Tank
  5. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #15-16 (Nov-Oct 1983)
  6. G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #30 (December 1984)
  7. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #41 (November 1985)
  8. G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #75 (September 1988)
  9. G.I.Joe: A Great American Hero Vol1 #1 (2001)
  10. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #17-19 (2003)
  11. Commodore 64 G.I.Joe game