Firefly (G.I. Joe)
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Firefly's father was owed a debt by the Koga Ninja Clan. When his father died, Firefly was taken in by the ninjas. Training with them he eventually earned Master status, and took the name "Faceless Master". Soon after Cobra Commander approached Firefly with a job. Kill the man known as Snake-Eyes, Cobra Commander blamed Snake-Eyes for his brothers death. Traveling to the Arashikage dojo where Snake-Eyes was training, Firefly realized that he was no match for Snake-Eyes.
Firefly approached the assassin Zartan for help. Zartan missed Snake-Eyes with an arrow but killed the Hard Master, leader of the Arashikage. The Hard Masters nephew, Storm Shadow (G.I. Joe), was blamed and he fled the dojo, dishonored and branded a traitor.
On another mission for Cobra Commander, Firefly was left in the Florida Everglades by the Commander. Running into Destro, who had also been left behind, the two returned to Cobra's base in Springfield and plotted revenge. First they attampted to return to the Commander's good graces by attacking Snake-Eyes mountain lodge. The Cobra agents were surprised that Snake-Eyes wasn't alone and fled. When Firefly arrived in Springfield, he took part in the trial of Billy, Cobra Commander's estranged son, who had tried to kill the Commander. Storm Shadow freed Billy before a verdict could be reached.
The Soft Master arrived in Springfield, tracking down his brother's killer. Firefly and Scrap-Iron chased down the Soft Master launching two missiles at him. They killed not only the Soft Master but also Candy, G.I. Joe agent Ripcord's girlfriend. Billy lost an eye and a leg. Ripcord was captured soon afterwards, but not before he transmitted the location of Springfield back to G.I. Joe HQ. Firefly was one of the last Cobra agents to leave Springfield. Firefly took more jobs from Cobra, fighting the October Guard in Afghanistan and fighting the G.I. Joe Team in the Baltic Sea and atop a glacier. He also tried to steal the Vector Jet from the Joes, but was stopped by Maverick. He also fought to secure a man made island near Cobra Island, the unstable island soon sank just before the G.I. Joe Team could force the Cobra forces off the island. Dr. Mindbender took the blame for the failure in exchange for Firefly saving him. Firefly then attempted to steal top secret computer disks from the U.S. Government. He was stopped by the original G.I. Joe, Joseph Colton.
Soon after Cobra Commander returned and locked most of his enemies, including Firefly in a freighter and buried it underneath a volcano. Firefly escaped, using Battle Android Troopers to dig out of the freighter and putting his uniform on the dead body of Serpentor. Firefly then brain-washed the Red Ninjas, former Arashikage ninjas, into following him. Snake-Eyes broke the ninjas free of the mind control and they chased down Firefly, looking for vengeance. Firefly was thought to be dead and was not heard from for years.
After Cobra was defeated Firefly reappeared, working for the "Nowhere Man" recruiting soldiers for a new army. Snake-Eyes and his student, Ophelia, and the elite Hammer Team tried to stop him. Ophelia, along with all of Hammer Team except one man, were killed. The lone survivor, Sean Collins, became Snake-Eyes new apprentice. Later on in Toyko, the two ninjas faced Firefly again, who revealed that Derenko, a Hammer Team member thought dead, was in fact the Nowhere Man.
Serpentor, revived after his death in the Marvel series, launched a global attack from Cobra Island, it turned out that Firefly and Derenko were recruiting for the Coil, Serpentor's new army. The combined might of a newly reformed Cobra and a newly reinstated G.I. Joe Team crushed the Coil. Serpentor was killed again, though Firefly again escaped.
In America's Elite, Snake-Eyes finds Firefly in Chicago after a satellite had crashed into the city. Snake-Eyes attempted to capture him, but Firefly escaped. Later on the Phoenix Guard is created by Secretary of State Garrett Freedlowe as an alternative force to replace G.I. Joe. It turns out that Freedlowe is really Cobra Commander in disguise, and that the Phoenix Guard, with the exception of their commanding officer General Rey, are all Cobra operatives. Firefly was Snake-Eater. The Phoenix Guard recently attacked The Rock, G.I. Joe's secret base of operations. While the rest of the Phoenix Guard was captured following the G.I. Joe counterattack, Firefly managed to escape yet again.
In G.I. Joe Reloaded, a reboot of the G.I. Joe story similar to the Ultimate Marvel comic line, Firefly also appeared. He destroyed the Golden Gate Bridge, tried to assassinate Hawk, was part of a plot to steal the U.S. Constitution, and attempted to destroy Saudi oil facilities. During the last mission he was captured by Rock N Roll, whose girlfriend had been killed during the Golden Gate attack.
First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #24
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Action Force (1987)
Battle Picture Weekly (1975)
#577 G.I. Joe (2001)
- 'Battle Action Force'
#12 G.I. Joe (2005)
- 'Malfunction! 3 of 4'#13
- 'Malfunction! 4 of 4'#14
- 'Homecoming 1 of 2'#22
- 'The Last Stand Part 1'#23
- 'The Last Stand Part 2'#24
- 'The Last Stand Part 3'#25
- 'The Last Stand Part 4'#26
- 'Scott Sturgis is a Reasonable Man...'
#3 G.I. Joe Special Missions (1986)
- 'Gangster Bang!'#17
- 'What the Tables Do'#18
- 'After The Fall'#26
- 'World War III Part 2: Without a Hope, Without a Soul'#27
- 'World War III Part III: Into The Wild'#36
- 'World War III Part XII, Hell'
G.I. Joe Yearbook (1985)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982)
#24 G.I. Joe: Battle Files (2002)
- 'The Commander Escapes'#25
- 'Snake Eyes: The Origin'#27
- 'Snake Eyes: The Origin Part II'#28
- 'Beached Whale'#30
- 'All Fall Down'#32
- 'The Mountain'#33
- 'Sea Duel'#49
- 'Snap Decisions'#73
- 'Divided We Fall'#80
- 'Rolling Thunder'#86
- '...Not Fade Away!'#98
- 'He's Back!'#99
- 'Calm Before The Storm!'#117
- 'Escape from Castle Destro!'#123
- 'Shots In The Dark!'#124
- 'Playing with the Big Boys!'#128
- 'Winds Of Change!'#129
- 'Point and Counterpoint'#131
- 'Last Stand'#132
- 'Bump in the Night'#133
- 'Recon by Fire!'#134
- 'Throw Down in the Citadel!'#167#168#169#170
TPB G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander Tribute - 100-Page Spectacular (2011)
G.I. Joe: Data Desk Handbook (2005)
#1 G.I. Joe: Master & Apprentice (2004)
- 'Data Desk Handbook'
#1 G.I. Joe: The Best of Larry Hama (2009)
- 'Master & Apprentice'#2
- 'Master & Apprentice'#3
- 'Master & Apprentice'#4
- 'Master & Apprentice'
G.I. Joe: The Data Desk Handbook A-M (2007)
Michael Golden's G.I. Joe Yearbook: Artist's Edition Portfolio (2013)
Revolution: Prelude (2016)
#0 Snake Eyes: Declassified (2005)
- 'Secret Raiders: A Revolution Prelude'
Hardcover The G.I. Joe Order of Battle (1986)
- 'Collected Edition (Hardcover)'TPB
- 'Collected Edition'#3
- 'The Arrow Flies...'
- 'The Official G.I. Joe Handbook, 3 of 4'
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