GI Joe: A Real American Hero

Shortly before his fateful trip to Texas, then-President Kennedy had recognized the need for a special task force to deal with violent terrorists, one that utilized the abilities of all the various armed forces to end threats to peace. To this end, he commissioned one Lieutenant Joseph B. Colton, a Vietnam veteran with great character, to form and lead Special Counter-Terrorist Group Delta, which he christened GI Joe.

Though Kennedy was slain shortly thereafter, his idea lived on. Colton indeed went on to form the GI Joe team, and led the heroic members of this force on various missions against all manner of threats to freedom, the results of which remain classified to this day. In fact, aside from Colton, even the membership of this team has yet to be revealed to the general public.

At any rate, times change, and it was necessary in the early eighties to form a new Joe team. This task fell to Colonel Clayton M. Abernathy, who would also serve as field leader under General Flagg, though Abernathy was eventually promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and assumed full command of and responsiblity for the strike force.

Though designed to handle virtually any terrorist threat, up to and including those that utilize nuclear weaponry, GI Joe's principal foe over the years has been the clandestine organization known as Cobra. These terrorist thugs are bent on achieving world domination, and will go to any lengths to subvert anybody that gets in the way of their goal.

The battle between these two groups has raged for twenty five years now, reaching a global scale as Cobra moves on to bigger and better targets. During this time, the membership of the GI Joe team has swelled to include well over one hundred military operatives, and the group wields a massive arsenal of weaponry to fight Cobra with. These operatives / devices are organized as follows:

GI Joe - Sorted By Year

1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014

Archives - Sorted By Year

1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2013 2014

Return to the GI Joe Handbook main page!