|G.I. Joe character|
Metal-Head as seen in the DiC G.I. Joe cartoon.
|Voiced by||Gary Chalk|
|Specialty||Destro's Anti-Tank Specialist|
|File name||Finley, Stuart A.|
|Birth place||Annapolis, Maryland|
|Primary MOS||Anti-Tank Weapons; Ordnance|
|Secondary MOS||Aerial Vehicle Operator|
Metal-Head is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is a member of the Iron Grenadiers, and first appeared in the 1990 edition of the toyline. He is not to be mistaken for another character with a similar name Metalhead from G.I. Joe Extreme.
Metal-Head was first released as an action figure in 1990. A new version of Metal-Head was released in 1994 as part of the Battle Corps line and again in 2005 as part of a Convention Exclusive.
In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in #114. Metal-Head joined Destro's Iron Grenadier army as his anti-tank specialist. When he began working for Cobra, he was there as a double-agent, spying on Cobra Commander for Destro. The Joes first encountered Metal-Head during the Battle of Benzheen when he personally went up against a group of G.I. Joe armored vehicles on foot, armed with his advanced missile system. Before the battle could be won, it was announced that Benzheen's Emir made a deal with Cobra, putting an end to hostilities.[volume & issue needed] Metal-Head soon reported back to Destro in Scotland, warning that Cobra was planning to attack Castle Destro. Cobra Commander proved him right by launching an attack that led to the destruction of the castle.[volume & issue needed] Metal-Head was not seen working for Destro or Cobra for years after the battle.
In the Devil's Due produced series, Cobra was re-formed in 2001. Later, Metal-Head was seen on Cobra Island working alongside Cobra troops led by Destro, fighting the forces of a revived Serpentor. He is wounded in battle but survives.
Metal-Head had many appearances in the second G.I. Joe animated series produced by DiC Entertainment, voiced by Garry Chalk. Here, he is a madman who liked to blast everything and everyone usually screaming "BANG!" while firing weapons (although this makes him a lot more faithful to his filecard). He very much served as a comic relief and a source of frustration for Cobra Commander (thereby not making him as formidable as he might seem and easier for G.I. Joe to take on). In the first season, he was frequently partnered with the Dreadnok, Gnawgahyde. In the second season episode, "Metal-Head's Reunion", it is revealed he attended high school with Captain Grid-Iron.
- Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 128. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
- "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #25 (October 1993)
- "The Voices of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1989, Animated Series) - Voice Cast Listing at Voice Chasers". Voicechasers.com. 1989-09-02. Retrieved 2014-03-30.