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General Joseph B. "Joe" Colton is known better by his codename: G.I. Joe. A highly decorated officer in the United States Army with a strong grip, Colton has had his fair share of fantastic adventures during his time as leader of the Adventure Team. Colton became so famous that the Adventure Team's replacement, the Joint Services Special Counterterrorist Group, was given another name: G.I. Joe, after Colton's old nickname. Since their existence was revealed to the public by Cobra, Colton has led G.I. Joe in their continuing fight for freedom.
America's Fighting Man
Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Joe Colton longed dreamed of serving his country, inspired by the legendary World War II hero Sgt. Savage. Through hard work and dedication, Colton graduated with highest honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His distinguished record later earned Colton a position with the Green Berets.
With experience in covert operations and natural leadership, Colton was selected to lead the Adventure Team, going by the codename "G.I. Joe." This is where Joe would meet his longtime friend Miles Manheim, whom he affectionately nicknamed "Miles Mayhem." Throughout his adventures, Joe made friends with heroes like Action Man and fought off villainous "intruders."
One of the Adventure Team's missions brought them to Dashur, Egypt to rescue Garrison Kreiger from the Tomb of Amtoltec. While the rest of the team were busy fighting evil robot mummies outside, Joe ventured into the pyramid to try and locate Kreiger. Colton recognized the mummies as the IRON Troopers that Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles had encountered back in WWII. Searching the tomb, he came across a cassette player belonging to Dr. Elliot Marsh. Surrounded by more IRON Troopers, Joe dropped the tape deck down a crevice... out of which Soundwave appeared, destroying the Troopers. Believing the Decepticon to be a piloted mech, Joe asked if Action Man or Hideaki was piloting it, but he was quickly proven wrong when Soundwave attacked him. After a quick save from Mayhem, the two followed the "Alternator" to a secret chamber where they found Kreiger trying to control an artifact called the Talisman. Joe attacked the giant robot as the rest of the Adventure Team arrived to help get Kreiger out. Deciding that the Talisman wasn't worth his time, Soundwave retreated, nearly crushing Joe and Stalker beneath debris. Fortunately, the two were saved by the newly Talisman-enhanced Atomic Man.
Another mission took them to rescue the Dr. Emil Burkhart and his daughter Adele, where they were pinned down by IRON Troopers. While the team was successful in rescuing Adele, they still had to rescue Emil, who was strapped to a rocket about to explode. Despite Joe's warnings, Atomic Man tried to save the doctor. Unfortunately, Joe was right; Atomic Man failed to reach Dr. Burkhart in time and the Adventure Team could only watch as the rocket exploded. This failure weighed heavily on Atomic Man and he left the team soon after.
By 1994, the Adventure Team was re-christened "Adventure Force." They were assigned to shut down Garrison Kreiger's operations and infiltrated his Project: Iceman facility in Brasnya, also looking for Mike Power. But by the time they arrived, it was too late. Mike Power was dead. This infuriated Joe and he punched out Kreiger. However, Adventure Force now had another problem – Joe's childhood hero, Sgt. Savage, had been teleported from 1944 to the present.
After Mike Power's death, the Adventure Team was shut down and replaced with General Hawk's team while Colton was promoted to a desk job, much to his irritation. While he had to shave his glorious beard, he did serve in an administrative capacity on this new team, which was named G.I. Joe after him.
Colton also had some involvement Skywatch, alongside Garrison Kreiger and Joshua Red, studying the effects of the Talisman and Ore-13 on Cybertronians at their Project: Hot House facility in Mount St. Helens.
He would remain in command until the organization's eventual shut down.
Unfortunately, at some point in his history, Joe Coltron was replaced by a Dire Wraith. Unlike most victims of the Wraiths however, he was not lethally absorbed despite being infected with Wraith bio-matter.
The President of the United States unwittingly put the Wraith Colton in charge of the Earth Defense Command, after Optimus Prime raised a giant Transformer from out of Monument Valley. Among his first actions were recalling operative Spike Witwicky to the E.D.C. fleet, and dispatching former Joes Scarlett and Roadblock to transfer captured Cybertronian sleeper agent Garrison Blackrock to a safe house.
Colton traveled with Scarlett and Roadblock to Vandenburg Air Force Base in California to meet with EDC agents in response to reports of a silver alien murdering people. However, they soon departed. While over Arizona, Colton cited the greater threat in Utah, leaving the lone killer alien problem to the local authorities.
Wraith Colton and his colleagues Riggins and Kohl also approached Caleb Awan (also a Wraith) and Aaron Grundy of the newly-bought DeepWave Technologies to upgrade their cybernetic defense armor, using Ore-13 to turn the suited Aaron into the monstrous slave of the Wraiths known as Axiom.
Colton later met up with Scarlett and the now-General Miles Manheim to discuss the history of Transformer activity on Earth. During the meeting, Colton was very vocal about his dislike of the Transformers, and revealed to Manheim that the worldwide deposits of Ore-13 were destabilizing, and on the verge of destructive nuclear fission. Believing this to be Optimus Prime’s doing, Colton tasked Manheim with using the technology of a captive and tortured Blitzwing to disrupt Prime’s plans.
Later in Portland, Oregon, Colton led a G.I. Joe unit in an attack against the Transformers. The battle was then interrupted by the appearance of Rom, who had learned from battling Axiom that Colton was involved with the Wraiths' Ore-13 activities. Thinking Rom to be another Cybertronian, the Joes fired on him. Colton ordered the Joes to ignore the Transformers and focus their attacks on Rom, only to be destroyed in an instant by Rom's Neutralizer. Scarlett was devastated and, looking at his remains, swore vengeance on the Transformers.
The corpse of "Colton" was analyzed by Doc, who found non-human DNA, alerting the Joes to the Wraith infiltration.
The exposure of Colton's true fate would hang over the Joes for some time. While beating the Wild Bill Wraith to death, Rock 'n Roll angrily demanded to know what they had done to Colton. Even after fighting alongside Rom in Monument Valley, Beach Head remained in denial that Rom had not killed the true Colton, and upon meeting Rom again in Schleteva, Mayday by reflex referred to Rom as the murderer of Colton.
Blood for the Baron
Somehow surviving the Dire Wraiths (at the cost of his hand), Colton made his way to Kreiger who managed to remove the Wraith DNA. Wrongfully believing the Dire Wraiths were in league with the Cybertronians, Colton made plans to destroy Cybertron itself and wipe out the Cybertronian race as revenge for the myriad of incursions its people had performed on Earth. Thanks to Centurion, Miles Mayhem, and the Talisman, Kreiger had enough knowledge of Cybertronian biology that Colton could begin his genocidal campaign as the Talisman itself was corrosive to Cybertronians.
After recruiting Count van Rani, the villains began searching for the Talisman. The group took over an old Cobra moonbase but to Ironblood's ire, Action Man had been teleported to the base along with the Talisman. Though preferring to kill him, Doctor X overruled it. When Action Man's allies arrived, Ironblood led the villains in a retreat.
Ironblood then led his troops to convince Tomax Paoli to retake the mantle of Cobra Commander. Tomax refused until Centurion made him reconsider. Reconvening in Kalistan to speak with Iron Klaw and fangirl over the Predacons, the villains were ambushed by Snake Eyes while they had hooked up Blackrock to a copy of the Talisman. Snake Eyes was soon felled and Ironblood realized he was but a drone. "Tomax" was in fact Snake Eyes in disguise who made fools out of everyone present before he freed Blackrock, smashed their computers and the heroes hightailed it away. Ironblood decided to then cut ties with Tomax and Centurion.
Sometime later, Ironblood's true identity was unmasked to the Joes in Buenos Aires. Sometime after that, Ironblood's cabal made their way to Cybertron during the ceremony commemorating Earth joining the Council of Worlds within false hollow Cybertronians utilized as Trojan horses. Now joined by Destro and the Dreadknoks, Ironblood oversaw the attack to sow panic into Iacon.
Knowing his old team would eventually find him out and try to stop him, he baited a trap for Scarlett to offer her an explanation for his actions comparing the humans to ants under Cybertron's boot believing Cybertron would soon start another war that would wind up destroying Earth and wiping out the human race. To prevent that from ever coming to pass, Colton had decided to take the first step and wipe Cybertron off the map.
- G.I. Joe being from Rhode Island is a reference to Hasbro, which was founded and continues to operate in the state.