Unbeknownst to the world at large, Cobra already as established a foothold in the United States, specifically the seemingly inconspicuous town of Springfield. At first glance, it has all the appearances of nice little town with nice midwestern values. Stick around, though, and the people might just convince you to stay and believe... believe in the Cobra philosophy.
A Real American Hero comics continuity
Animated continuity - Sunbow
In the 1st seasons last two episodes, Springfield was a false town Cobra used to sadistically interrogate Shipwreck, who unbeknownst to them had a mental safeguard forced on the sailor by Dr. Mullaney, who Cobra abducted in order to use a formula for destabilizing H2O.
- The name "Springfield" was chosen as every state in the United States has a community named Springfield, with the exception of two: Hawaii and Rhode Island. This was so that it could appear Cobra's base was in virtually any part of the States.
- As Hasbro is based in Rhode Island, one of the two states without a community named "Springfield", the idea originated as a joke.
- The joke would later be reused by Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, who also live in a town called "Springfield".