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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.
Baptism of Fire
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 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 Doctor 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.
Unfortunately, at some point in his history, Joe Coltron was replaced by a Dire Wraith.
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 Cybertronian super-fuel 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.
- G.I. Joe being from Rhode Island is a reference to Hasbro, which was founded and continues to operate in the state.