Flash (G.I. Joe)
Real Name: Anthony S. Gambello
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As a teenager, Flash played quarterback for his high school team in Lodi, California. After enlistment and his specialized training in Army Electronics School, Chemical School, and Covert Electronics, Flash was assigned to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds' covert electronics division. It was there that he developed a laser rangefinder that caught the attention of General Lawrence Flagg. While recruiting soldiers for inclusion on the newly-forming G.I. Joe team, Flagg arrived at Flash's lab and abruptly asked him ******** Flash was a very logical and methodical person, and was sometimes called "the genius" by his teammates.
Flash 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, on which he and Breaker knocked out Cobra's radar station. He was on the first mission in which the Joe team met the Soviets' October Guard. When Cobra attempted to destroy a United States space shuttle, Breaker and Flash became temporary members of the shuttle's crew. In a spacesuit outside the ship, Flash grabbed on to a Cobra missle, forcing it to change course, thus saving the shuttle and its crew. He was involved in many other important operations, as well.
After the re-dedication of G.I. Joe headquarters, aka "The Pit", Flash and many of the other original Joes were taken off active duty. Even so, Flash continued to occasionally participate in missions with the team. He was part of the security team during the Joes' invasion of the Cobra-controlled town of Springfield.
During the Cobra Island civil war, Flash was one of the few Joes who were not part of the operation. After the team ended up on the losing side of the war, a group of corrupt generals in the Pentagon denied having any knowledge of the debacle and announced the Joes had gone rogue. When many members of the team were unrightfully arrested, several others including Flash went underground. He and the other Joes who had escaped arrest organized a mission to rescue Hawk and General Hollingsworth when they were arrested for acting without orders and entering the civil war. During the rescue, Hawk and Hollingsworth were cleared of all charges and the corrupt generals responsible were exposed.
Flash was later one of the many Joes involved in training new recruits for the team, and was a member of G.I. Joe until it was disbanded in 1994.
Years later, Flash began participating in missions for the reinstated G.I. Joe team, including the mission to stop Tyler Wingfield's terrorist plot. On what was to become his final mission, Flash joined much of the Joe team in its battle against the forces of a revived Serpentor on Cobra Island. To allow for the start of the invasion, Flash and Mainframe infiltrated a radar station to rig up explosives to destroy the facility. The two Joes were delayed by Serpentor's troops and were unable to get out in time. Flash and Mainframe were both killed in the explosion that followed. Some time later, at Arlington National Cemetary, Flash's name was added to a new memorial dedicated to the fallen members of the G.I. Joe team.
Birthplace: Lodi, California
Primary Military Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Military Specialty: Electronics CBR
KIA: G.I. JOE (2001) #25
First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #1
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G.I. Joe (1982)
#1 G.I. Joe (2001)
- 'Operation: Dame Destinee'#3
- 'La gambit troyen'#6
- 'Echouer c`est conquerir..Reussir c`est mourir!'#7
- 'Les murailles de la mort!'#8
- 'Nom de code: Sea-Strike!'#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...'#33
#25 G.I. Joe Comics Magazine (1986)
- 'The Last Stand Part 4'
G.I. Joe Declassified (2006)
G.I. Joe vs. The Transformers III: The Art of War (2006)
G.I. Joe Yearbook (1985)
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982)
G.I. Joe: Best of Baroness (2010)
G.I. Joe: Best of Cobra Commander (2009)
G.I. Joe: Frontline (2002)
#11 G.I. Joe: Operation: Decoy (1983)
- 'History Repeating: Part 1'#12
- 'History Repeating: Part 2'
G.I. Joe: Operation: Disappearance! (1983)
nn G.I. Joe: The Best of Snake Eyes (2009)
- 'Operation: Disappearance!'
G.I. Joe: The Spy Eye (1983)
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'
The G.I. Joe Order of Battle (1986)
#1 The Transformers vs. G.I. Joe (2014)
- 'The Official G.I. Joe Handbook, 1 of 4'
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