I received a spam email the other day offering me Cobra insurance, and it made me do a double-take, wondering if I was being offered protection by the arch enemy of G.I. Joe. Of course, my mind wandered to other Cobras in pop culture lore, and I realized that the 80’s were absolutely teeming with them. The last decade can have their vampires and wizards, but for those of us who survived and thrived during the 80’s, we had the Cobras. Take a look…
Cobra Kai (Karate Kid) – Man, I hated these guys. One of the most iconic scenes from the 80’s was Daniel-san giving Johnny the crane kick.
Kobra Khan – One of Skeletor’s minions in the Masters of the Universe.
Cobra (G.I. Joe) – The arch nemesis to G.I. Joe, created by Hasbro in 1982, and possibly the coolest assortment of bad guys ever assembled.
Raiders of the Lost Ark Cobra – Why did it have to be snakes?
Marian Cobrettie (A.K.A. Cobra) – “You’re the disease, and I’m the cure.” Cobra had the best cars in all of 80’s movies. I dreamed of owning that 1950 Mercury when I grew up. I’m still waiting.
I’m sure there were more cobras in our midst in the 80’s. There were plenty of snakes in Conan the Barbarian, but no major role for the cobra. What else did I miss?