Dial Tone (G.I. Joe)

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Dial Tone is code name of two fictional characters from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series.

The first is male and debuted in 1986. He is the G.I. Joe Team's communications expert. He is voiced by Hank Garrett in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe cartoon series.[1]

The second is female, and makes her first appearance in the new IDW comic series. A version also appears in the G.I. Joe: Resolute animated series.

Jack S. Morelli[edit]

Profile[edit]

Dial Tone
G.I. Joe character
Dialtone.jpg
Dial Tone as seen in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe cartoon.
First appearance 1986
Voiced by Hank Garrett (Sunbow/Marvel)
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Communications Expert
File name Morelli, Jack S.
Birth place Eugene, Oregon
SN RA428713360
Rank E-4 Corporal
Primary MOS Radio Telecommunications
Secondary MOS Infantry
Subgroups Sonic Fighters
Tiger Force

Dial Tone is the G.I. Joe Team's electronics and communications expert. His real name is Jack S. Morelli, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Dial Tone was born in Eugene, Oregon.

Dial Tone built his own crystal radio set when he was ten. By fourteen he was part of a CB net, and had his own ham station by the time he was sixteen. Dial Tone made all his own equipment, buying parts with quarters which he earned by bagging groceries. He joined the army to further his education in his chosen field, and became the Joe team's communications expert. Despite this, he has been seen many times fighting on the battlefield.[2]

Toys[edit]

Dial-Tone was first released as an action figure in 1986.[3][4] The figure was repainted and released as part of the "Special Missions: Brazil" box set in 1986,[5] and the Sonic Fighters line in 1990.[6][7] A new version of Dial-Tone was released in 1994 as part of the Battle Corps line.[8]

Dial-Tone was also included in a 2-pack with General Hawk in 2000, an 8-pack in 2002, and sold with the A.W.E. Striker and the Tiger Force 5-pack in 2003.

Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #56. He is part of a G.I. Joe assault team in the fictional country of Sierra Gordo. The Joes take over a Cobra 'Terror Drome'. Despite Serpentor and Tomax and Xamot trying to kill them, they take it apart and steal all the pieces.[9]

He takes part in a mission to a South American jungle to hunt a Nazi war criminal.[10] Dial-Tone is part of a different team that successfully plants spy equipment at the Cobra Consulate building in New York City.[11]

Later, he is part of a team attempting to stop hostage takers in Frankfurt, Germany.[12] At the end of the comic series it is revealed that Dial-Tone invented numerous state of the art innovative devices that he patented and made him wealthy.[volume & issue needed]

Cartoons[edit]

Sunbow/Marvel[edit]

In the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe TV series, Dial-Tone was portrayed as being somewhat nerdy compared to the other tech-savvy Joes as well as having bad taste in clothing when it came to his out-of-date civilian wardrobe. He was often seen in the company of both Wet-Suit and Leatherneck and even fixed them both up with dates although Leatherneck found his friend's taste in women somewhat lacking as well. He was outgoing and eager to please to the point of being obsequious. When he was on the military base, he spent most of his spare time with Mainframe creating and playing video games. When assigned to combat or missions he was under the command of Flint's platoon. His status as a Joe was likewise questionable and in an issue of Marvel Age he was said to be a "probationary member" and that he was hanging on "by the skin of his teeth". In "Sins of the Fathers", he was actually turned down for re-enlistment and hired by a disguised Zarana for a project utilizing his expertise in communications involving "very specific parameters". However, it was revealed at the end that he was only turned down to give him a foolproof cover knowing that Cobra would try and recruit him.[13]

Dial-Tone appeared in the following episodes:[14]

  • Arise, Serpentor, Arise
  • Cobrathon
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie
  • Glamour Girls
  • Grey Hairs & Growing Pains
  • Iceberg Goes South
  • In The Presence of My Enemy
  • Into Your Tent...
  • Joes' Night Out
  • Last Hour To Doomsday
  • Let's Play Soldier
  • Million Dollar Medic
  • Most Dangerous Thing In The World
  • My Brother's Keeper
  • My Favorite Things
  • Nightmare Assault
  • Once Upon A Joe
  • The Rotten Egg
  • Sins Of Our Father
  • The Spy That Rooked Me

G.I. Joe: The Movie[edit]

Dial-Tone also appeared briefly in the 1987 animated film G.I. Joe: The Movie.[15]

Female Dial Tone[edit]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Dial Tone
G.I. Joe character
Voiced by Grey DeLisle (Resolute)
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Communications
File name Morelli, Jill S.
SN 428-71-JM33
Rank E-4 (Specialist)
Primary MOS Radio Telecommunications

A blond female character named Dial Tone first appeared in the new IDW comic series. To date, no background information has been revealed about this character. No mention has been made of the Jack S. Morelli character in this series.

Comics - IDW Publishing[edit]

The new Dial Tone works with Scarlett in the think tank at the Pit.[16]

Resolute[edit]

In G.I. Joe: Resolute, there is a female agent working on the USS Flag is approached by Gung Ho and asked for information about the recent Cobra attack. She is later identified by the code name, Dial Tone.

Writer Warren Ellis has said the character was originally just a background character, but she was made a Joe due to the amount of dialogue he gave her; "they gave me several [codenames] to choose from, and I chose Dial Tone, because it amused me".[17]

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra[edit]

In the 2009 video game G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, a female Dial Tone appears as a non-playable supporting character. Her data file states that her real name is "Jill J. Morelli," and that she took over her brother's post on the team after he disappeared on a mission. This version of Dial Tone is voiced by Aimee Miles.

Toys[edit]

A toy of the female version of Dialtone was released in a Desert Troop Builder 5-Pack exclusive to Toys R Us stores in 2009.

Other works[edit]

Dial Tone is briefly mentioned in the fiction novel 6 Sick Hipsters. In the story, the character Paul Achting spent four years collecting G.I. Joe figures to set up a battle scene between the Joes and Cobra. Although Dial Tone's figure is not depicted, as Paul imagined the characters in his head he described Sgt. Slaughter "speaking on a transistor radio to Dial Tone, the communications specialist, back at G.I. Joe headquarters".[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roll Call". G.I. Joe Roll Call. Joe Headquarters. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  2. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie, ed. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 38. ISBN 0-87135-288-5. 
  3. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  4. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 107. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  5. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  6. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  7. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 133. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  8. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  9. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #56 (February 1987)
  10. ^ G.I. Joe: Special Missions #2
  11. ^ G.I. Joe Special Missions #7 (October 1987)
  12. ^ G.I. Joe Special Missions #11 (June 1988)
  13. ^ "Sins of the Fathers". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. 
  14. ^ "Dial Tone". G.I. Joe Character List. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  15. ^ G.I. Joe: The Movie (Motion picture). De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. April 20, 1987. 
  16. ^ Dixon, Chuck (w), Atkins, Robert (a). G.I. Joe 1 (January 2009), IDW Publishing
  17. ^ Ellis, Warren (2009-04-23). "G.I. JOE: RESOLUTE - Episodes 7 & 8". Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  18. ^ Casablanca, Rayo (2008). 6 Sick Hipsters. Kensington Publishing Corp. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-7582-2283-1. 

External links[edit]

  • Dial-Tone at JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Home Page