Beach Head (G.I. Joe)
|G.I. Joe character|
|Voiced by||William Callaway (Sunbow)
Matt Hill (G.I. Joe: Spy Troops)
Lee Tockar (G.I. Joe: Venom vs Valor)
|File name||Sneeden, Wayne R.|
|Birth place||Auburn, Alabama|
|Rank||E-9 Command Sergeant Major|
|Secondary MOS||Small Arms Armorer|
|Subgroups||Tiger Force, Night Force, Battle Corps|
|Series||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero|
Beach Head (also released as Beachhead and Beach-Head) is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He serves as the G.I. Joe Team's sergeant major and debuted in 1986.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Toys
- 3 Comic books
- 4 Cartoons
- 5 Video games
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Beach Head's real name is Wayne R. Sneeden. He was born and raised in Auburn, Alabama, living in abject poverty. This led to him being bullied and tormented by his classmates and peers throughout his growing years. In hopes of becoming more than what those taunted him believed he could be, Sneeden became an overachiever and ended up the valedictorian of his high school through hard work, unwavering discipline, and his keen mind.
Seeking the next challenge, he enlisted in the US Army, where he went through Airborne and Ranger school Ft. Benning, Georgia. After he completed training there, he went on to join Central America's Covert Ops as an Observer/Advisor. After his training in Central America, he returned to Ft. Benning as a lane instructor.
He was offered a spot in the G.I. Joe team as a Ranger. After he decided on the codename Beach Head, he joined eager for the challenge being a member of the most elite force in the US military would bring. Sneeden's habits include getting up hours before his teammates and going on a 10-mile run, then undergoing rigorous physical training that make the most gung-ho of his comrades weary - and all before breakfast.
His unwavering patience on and off the battlefield made him a legend - as did his intolerance of anyone not willing to live up to their full potential, something he makes quite clear to anyone he feels is a slacker and not working up to their potential. The consummate professional, he is determined and ruthless when needed to get the job done. However, his contempt for protocol and the chain of command have prevented him from being promoted. As it is well known, he would do things his own way by rushing headlong into things without consulting his superiors; instead of recommending his ideas to the chain of command. Beach Head is the first off the copter laying down suppressive fire for the others and is the last back on the copter to protect the backs of his comrades.
Visually, Beach Head is almost always seen masked with a green balaclava hood over his face. His actual face varies depending upon the figure/comic: he is seen with either blonde hair (both cut short and normal length), brownish red hair, black hair, and shaved. While most versions have him clean shaven, the only mass release 3 3/4 unmasked version of Beach Head has the character sporting a reddish fu manchu mustache.
Beach Head was first released as part of the fifth series in 1986 as the Joe team's Ranger, and came with a gray submachine gun, a large black backpack, and a black bag of ammunition. There are two versions of his ammo case, the earlier version is made of hard plastic which was prone to breakage, and later replaced with one of softer plastic.
In 1993, a new Beach Head figure was released. This one had the face entirely covered. In Brazil, this Beach-Head was released as a Cobra named "Armadilha". The figure was repainted and released as part of the Battle Corps line in 1994.
- Beach Head was released in wave 2 of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero 25th Anniversary toyline. A comic pack with Beach Head & Dataframe (Mainframe) was also released.
- Beach Head was released as part of the Internet-exclusive "Hall of Heroes" wave in 2009. He is numbered 5 of 10.
- Beach Head was once again released with the "G.I. Joe Resolute" box set.
- Beach Head has also been released as part of the "Pursuit of Cobra" toy line.
Beach Head's first appearance in the Marvel Comics series was in issue #47 (May 1986), alongside of Wet-Suit. Beach Head's first mission on the Joe team was assisting Hawk during the rescue of Snake-Eyes from Cobra Island. The rescue was successful, after an off-shore battle with Cobra attack boats and Cobra Eels. He was part of the first team of Joes to enter Springfield before the invasion of that Cobra-controlled town, whose job was to knock out the enemy's power and communications.
Later, Beach Head was part of a group advising Sierra Gordo's counter-revolutionaries in the fight against Cobra, where he once again found himself involved in rescuing Snake-Eyes from Cobra's Terror-Drome. He was also one of the many Joes to be involved in the construction of the third Pit headquarters in Utah. Some time later, with a large force of Joes, Beach Head participated in the Cobra Island civil war. He served on the team until it was disbanded in 1994.
G.I. Joe: Special Missions
Beach Head appeared in the sneak preview of Special Missions, published in issue #50 of A Real American Hero in August 1986, taking place right after his first appearance in the regular comic series. Here, he sneaked onto a Russian airliner alongside Flint and Lady Jaye, in order to foil hijackers. The enemy soldiers were all killed. In Special Missions #8, Beach Head and a small team of Joes took part in a near-disastrous mission in the jungles of Southeast Asia, which nearly cost them their lives due to a treacherous CIA agent.
Devil's Due Publishing
Beach Head became part of the reinstated Joe team in 2002, where he acted as a drill sergeant for new recruits, in addition to his usual duties as a Joe.
G.I. Joe: Frontlines
He was also featured in issue #17, as he leads a team of new recruits on a very dangerous, very real mission in a war-torn, riot-filled city. One of his men is wounded, and Beach Head apparently orders the man abandoned. This leads to mistrust and hostility on the part of the other soldiers. It is later revealed that Beach Head knew the wounded man was not going to be killed, rather he would be taken to the police station, which was a mission objective. Beach Head and the others rescue their wounded comrade and attempt an escape. Beach Head himself is wounded and despite explicit orders to leave him behind, his men risk their lives to save him, and themselves. Beach Head consistently gives push-ups as punishments, even when the team is under hostile fire.
Special Missions: Manhattan
There are times when the active members of the Elite team are on assignment or too far away to help in a crisis, which is where the reserves come into play. In Manhattan, there is the threat of a biological agent being stolen from a top secret lab; the closest reserve members are Beach Head, Mercer, Low-Light, Cover Girl, and Tunnel Rat. With Beach Head the acting team leader, they send Tunnel Rat in first, since he knows the layout of the building best; with him as their guide, they infiltrate the building. Beach Head sends the wisecracking Mercer to make certain the levels are secure, while Beach Head, Low-Light, and Cover Girl head upstairs to handle the enemy.
While they are en route, Mercer is attacked by a Cobra agent called Neurotoxin; after a display of combat skill and heroics by Beach Head's team, they end up in quarantine along with their target, where they are met by General Joe Colton, who explained there was no bio-agent, that it was a decoy to lure Neurotoxin out of hiding so he could be captured. He and Mercer showed dissatisfaction at the fact they were used in such a manner, essentially putting the lives of the team on the line without their knowledge, even though Tunnel Rat and Cover Girl expressed that the mission had been the "most fun they've had."
G.I. Joe Origins
In the new IDW continuity, Beach Head suffers from amnesia after being attacked saving a village in Guatemala. He is found on a beach, face down in the sand and is taken to a hospital. An American doctor speaks with him, and after showing him his Army Ranger uniform, helps Beach Head remember how he ended up getting shot, but not his own name. The doctor reveals himself to be Duke, and he offers Beach Head a chance to join the team. On their first mission, Beach Head argues about his code name, asking for names like "Night Ranger" or "Wolfman", but is denied the request. When asked, Duke tells him his name is what the nurses called him, "Cabeza de Playa", which is Spanish for Beach Head.
Beach Head appeared in the second season of the Sunbow G.I. Joe cartoon voiced by William Callaway. He served as fifth in the G.I. Joe chain of command, just ranked below Sgt. Slaughter. Beach Head was portrayed as a short-tempered soldier in contrast to his calm character from the comics; he was also shown to long for the command he felt he deserved and was very strict concerning the rules, showing intense disapproval for the relationships between Flint and Lady Jaye as well as Duke and Scarlett because romance between Joes is against regulations.
G.I. Joe: The Movie
Spy Troops and Valor vs. Venom
Beach Head appeared in G.I. Joe: Resolute in the briefing room and on a mission in the jungle alongside Stalker, Gung-Ho & Roadblock.
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- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #47 (May 1986)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #49 (July 1986)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #55 (January 1987)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #62 (August 1987)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #74-#75 (1988)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #50 (August 1986)
- G.I. Joe: Special Missions #8
- G.I. Joe: Frontlines #11-14 (2003)
- G.I. Joe: Frontline #17
- G.I. Joe Special Missions: Manhattan
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