Clutch (G.I. Joe)
Real Name: Lance J. Steinberg
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Clutch was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey. His first job was working at his uncle's garage. Like many of his friends, Clutch was a car fanatic and was quick to race or play "chicken" with other cars. Clutch takes little seriously and is known to joke even when in dangerous situations. Someone once said that Clutch cares about little else than cars and women.
After enlisting in the army, Clutch graduated from many armored and wheeled vehicle training schools. He eventually was assigned as General "Iron Butt" Austin's personal driver. On one assignment, Austin only made the vague suggestion that someone should pick up his command truck at McGuire Air Force Base and drive it to Fort Holabird. Clutch did just that, but found a handcuffed and blindfolded officer in the back seat. He later learned it was Lt. Colonel Clayton "Hawk" Abernathy, recently court-martialed. On the drive, a group of mercenaries in a van attacked the truck, armed with a heavy machine gun. Thanks to Clutch's incredible driving, he avoided the mercenaries, whose van ended up in a rollover. The attackers had been hired by a rogue general, and that knowledge was used by General Flagg and Sparks to blackmail the general into dropping the charges against Hawk. It was Clutch's driving skills in that incident that helped earn him a spot on the newly-forming G.I. Joe team.
Clutch was one of the original 13 members of the G.I. Joe team. He was part of many of the Joes' major missions including the rescue of Dr. Adele Burkhart and was on the first mission in which the Joe team met the Soviets' October Guard.
From the very beginning of the G.I. Joe team Clutch integral part of the team and he stayed close to the original members. Many of his subsequent missions remain classified, but Clutch stayed on the Joe team until it was disbanded in 1994. In the years following, Clutch brought his skills as a mechanic to the Indy Racing League circuit, earning more wins for his drivers than any other mechanic in recent history. In 1996, the Philadelphia Naval Base was shut down, as far as the general public knew. In reality, one section of the base was still being used for top secret missions. Clutch began working there as a mechanic, though he sometimes missed the action of being part of the Joe team.
After the Joe team was reinstated in 2001, the Joes began using the naval base and Clutch joined the team in fighting Storm Shadow when the ninja infiltrated the base. Clutch is now happy to be part of the team once again. He was one of the many Joes to take part in the battle against the forces of a revived Serpentor on Cobra Island. A short time later, Clutch was present for Cobra bombing of a television studio where Hawk was giving an interview, and later helped rescue survivors under the rubble. Clutch took part in a disastrous mission into the Cobra-infiltrated town of New Moon, Colorado. After a surprise Cobra attack, Clutch and the rest of his team barely made it out alive before Cobra used planted explosives to level the town. The Joes were blamed for the incident and all those involved were arrested by the cabal of Generals known as the Jugglers, who began to take control of the team to reign it in, if not disband it altogether. Clutch was eventually released along with his teammates, but they did not return to the Joe team. Eventually, G.I. Joe's roster was cut down to only a dozen Joes. After the remaining team members stopped a plot by Cobra to unleash the weapon known as the Tempest, and defeated a new threat, the Red Shadows, the military again disbanded the team.
One year later, the Joe team was reformed with a smaller roster of active members. Clutch, like most former Joes, was made a reserve member of the new team.
Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey
Primary Military Specialty: Transportation
Secondary Military Specialty: Infantry
First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #1
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Action Force (1987)
G.I. Joe (1982)
#1 G.I. Joe (2001)
- 'Operation: Dame Destinee'#3
- 'La gambit troyen'#4
- 'Operation: Wingfield!'#5
- 'Chars et souvenirs...'#6
- 'Echouer c`est conquerir..Reussir c`est mourir!'#7
- 'Les murailles de la mort!'#8
- 'Nom de code: Sea-Strike!'#9
- 'Le diplomate'#10
- 'Une gentille petite ville comme la notre...'#17
- 'Des choses a regler'#18
- 'Destro revient!'#19
- 'Joe triomphe!'#20
- '«La guerre est leur foyer»'#22
- 'Tels des ramoneurs venus nettoyer...'#23
- 'On capture le commandant Cobra'#27
- 'Snake-Eyes: L`origine, partie II'#28
- 'Feu de marais!'#29
- 'Baleine echouee'#30
- 'Tous tombent!'#32
- 'La montagne'#33
- 'Dreadnoks en liberte!'#46
- 'Qui est qui sur l`ile Cobra'#47
- 'Combat naval'
#8 G.I. Joe (2005)
- 'Reckonings Part 3 of 4'#9
- 'Reckonings Part 4 of 4'#26
- 'Scott Sturgis is a Reasonable Man...'#28
- 'Players and Pawns: One of Five'#29
- 'Players and Pawns: Two of Five'#33
- 'The Road Less Traveled'#34
- 'Bad Moon Rising: One of Two'#35
- 'Bad Moon Rising: Two of Two'#36
- 'Union of the Snake: Part One - "SHROUD"'
#20 G.I. Joe Comics Magazine (1986)
- 'All the King's Men'#29
- 'World War III Part V: Overthrow'#30
- 'Part VI: Cleansing Fire'#31
- 'World War III Part VII: Tribulation'#36
- 'World War III Part XII, Hell'
G.I. Joe Declassified (2006)
G.I. Joe Special Missions (1986)
G.I. Joe Special Missions: Brazil (2007)
G.I. Joe Special Missions: Tokyo (2006)
#1 G.I. Joe Yearbook (1985)
- 'Special Missions: Tokyo'
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982)
G.I. Joe: Battle Files (2002)
TPB G.I. Joe: Best of Baroness (2010)
- 'The Joes'
G.I. Joe: Best of Cobra Commander (2009)
G.I. Joe: Best of Hawk (2009)
G.I. Joe: Best of Scarlett (2010)
G.I. Joe: Best of Snake Eyes (2009)
G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander Tribute - 100-Page Spectacular (2011)
G.I. Joe: The Data Desk Handbook A-M (2007)
G.I. Joe: The Trojan Gambit (1983)
Hundred Penny Press: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2011)
#1 Hundred Penny Press: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (2014)
- 'Operation: Lady Doomsday'
#1 Snake Eyes: Declassified (2005)
- 'Operation: Lady Doomsday'
Hardcover Tales of G.I. Joe (1988)
- 'Collected Edition (Hardcover)'TPB
- 'Collected Edition'#6
- 'The Beginning'
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