Torch (G.I. Joe)

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Torch
G.I. Joe character
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Torch as seen in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe cartoon.
First appearance1985
Voiced by Frank Welker (Sunbow/Marvel)
Ted Lewis (Sigma 6)
Matthew Yang King (Renegades)
In-universe information
Affiliation Dreadnoks
File nameTom Winken
Birth place Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Torch is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and animated series. He is affiliated with Cobra as one of the Dreadnoks and debuted in 1985. He is often seen working closely with Ripper and Buzzer.

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Profile

His real name is Tom Winken. Torch was born in Botany Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Torch was remanded to Borstal at age fourteen, but escaped and went to sea in the Merchant Marine, where he learned the use of the cutting torch. He later rode with the Melbourne Maulers motorcycle club. Torch is an illiterate, unrepentant thug with a penchant for violence matched only by the utter depth of his stupidity. He uses his oxy-acetyline torch for remodeling cars and the occasional safe-cracking. He is also known to scavenge the swamps for fun and profit. [1]

Toys

Torch was first released as an action figure in 1985. [2]

Comics

Marvel Comics

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in #25 [3] The Dreadnoks' love for destruction causes an early warning for the staff at McGuire Air Force Base, after they spotted a Dragonfly landing there. Their vandalism sets off an explosion; the soldiers and G.I. Joe manage to set up a defense that drives off the Cobra troops. The Dreadnoks flee the attention of both sides. [4]

Torch and Ripper get in trouble, after disobeying orders and losing Buzzer to a trio of Joes they had haphazardly attacked. [5] Torch is seen in a running battle of Dreadnoks versus Joes in issue #51. This is after the others rescue Zartan from Joe HQ. Torch is a passenger on the outside of the Thunder Machine. [6] He then participates in an attempt to kill Serpentor. [7] He makes a cameo during an essential Cobra power struggle. [8]

Devil's Due

Torch has made several cameos in the Devil's Due original G.I. Joe series. He participates when the Joes assault the Dreadnoks Florida Everglades headquarters. [9] He assists when the Dreadnoks are involved in the purchase of a nuclear weapon. [10] He is part of a grouping of Dreadnoks and Cobra officers who get into a running gun-fight with an out of control Battle Android Trooper. He almost gets his side killed when, misunderstanding Doctor Mindbender, he calls to nearby Joes, advising them to aim for the head. This would have resulted in a gigantic explosion. [11]

In the alternate continuity of 'G.I.Joe Vs. The Transformers' Torch and his allies are upgraded with Cybertronian technology. In a dystopian future, an older Torch works for a crippled Duke, one of the few Joes left. They are past of a resistance against the murderous Decepticons. Seeing a chance to negate his terrible 'present', Torch violates orders and leads a time-lost Joe-Cobra team in their mission. [12]

G.I.Joe 2019

In this alternate universe, Torch is part of a collective of survivors in Indianapolis, a city Cobra had slaughtered as part of a plan to take over most of the world. The Dreadnoks, as the group is known, value being able to contribute as their first and only priority. This does not save them when a second group of Cobra robot troopers slaughter most of the Dreadnoks. [13]

G.I.Joe Vs Transformers 2

Twenty years in the future, Torch is a trusted soldier under Duke, who leads the human resistance against a Transformers army. All of the Dreadnoks, except Ripper and Buzzer have perished. Torch decides to go against orders to help time travelers, who have a faint chance of ensuring this horrible time never existed. [14]

Animated series

Sunbow

He first appeared in the G.I. Joe animated series in "The Revenge of Cobra" mini-series. In "The Revenge of Cobra" Zartan and the Dreadnoks recovered a piece of Destro's Weather Dominator, offering to sell it to the highest bidder, Cobra or G.I. Joe. [15] Torch is voiced by Frank Welker. [16]

G.I. Joe: The Movie

Torch also appeared briefly in the 1987 animated film G.I. Joe: The Movie . [17]

Sigma 6

Torch appears in G.I. Joe: Sigma 6 . He is seen as a member of the Dreadnoks.

Renegades

Torch first appeared in the G.I. Joe: Renegades episode "Dreadnoks Rising." This version is an African-American. He is seen as a member of the Dreadnoks.

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