Bazooka (G.I. Joe)

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G.I. Joe character
First appearance 1985
Voiced by John Hostetter
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Missile Specialist
File name Katzenbogen, David L.
Birth place Hibbing, Minnesota
Rank E-5 (Sergeant)
Primary MOS Armor Defeating Weapons Systems
Secondary MOS Tank Driver
Subgroups Tiger Force

Bazooka is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's missile specialist and debuted in 1985.


His real name is David L. Katzenbogen, and his rank is that of sergeant E-5. Bazooka was born in Hibbing, Minnesota.

He was operating as an Abrams tank driver in the 3rd Armored Division, when he came to believe that they were too vulnerable to rocket launcher fire. He put in for a transfer as soon as possible. Bazooka trained at the Advanced Infantry School, Fort Benning, Armor School, Fort Knox, and is a qualified expert with Dragon Anti-Tank Missile, Milan System, LAW rocket system, recoilless rifle, and all Warsaw Pact RPG systems. He is noted for being a swift, strategic thinker.[1]


Bazooka was first released as an action figure in 1985.[2] The figure was repainted and released as part of the Tiger Force line in 1988.[3] A new version of Bazooka was released in 1993 as part of the Battle Corps line.[4]

Another version was released in 2004 as "Sgt Bazooka", and packaged as the driver of the "Quickstrike" vehicle.[5] This figure was repainted and released the same year without the vehicle, in a two-pack with Dreadnok Torch, as part of the Valor vs Venom line.[6] In 2008, a new version of Sgt Bazooka was released, which was based heavily on the 1985 version.[7]


Marvel Comics[edit]

In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #44 (February 1986). He is one of the many Joes to go underground, after most of the team is arrested to cover up a public relations fiasco. The rogue Joes work to free General Hawk from murderous government agents who are holding him and another friendly general in a small clinic. Bazooka receives a minor bullet wound in the ensuing firefight. The entire Joe team is cleared of all charges.[8]

Action Force[edit]

In the London-based Action Force line of comics, Bazooka makes his debut fighting hand-to-hand with Crimson Guard forces.This is part of a Joe team effort to destroy a secret Cobra hideout using a fast food restaurant as cover.[9] Later, he ends up in a running battle with Ripper and Buzzer over the possession of an experimental laser weapon. Bazooka drives an A.W.E. Striker while chasing the Dreadnoks through a shopping center. With the assistance of an elderly war veteran, Bazooka gets the weapon but loses the enemy. He later finds out the device was worthless.[10]

Devil's Due Comics[edit]

During the seven-year period when G.I. Joe was on hiatus, Bazooka's health suffered. He loses much of his hair, and gains a large amount of weight. He also takes a job as a security guard.[11] As seen later in issue #15, he has spent much time in the local gym and recovered most of his fighting trim. In the same issue, he is visiting with Alpine, Mutt and Rock 'n Roll. They have met up in Alpine's new hometown of Delhi Hills, and discover it is a hot-spot of Cobra activity.[12] In issue #16, Bazooka defeats Cobra's drill sergeant Big Boa in personal combat. Despite the large amount of destruction, mostly caused by Bazooka, there is no evidence of any enemy activity when Joe backup arrives. The foursome's veteran status is enough for them to be believed.[13] Their reports are later verified, when an anonymous report leads to Cobra operatives in Delhi Hills being captured by a Joe team.[14] Bazooka is later seen battling Cobra soldiers in the South American nation of Columbia. [15]


In the IDW reboot of the G.I. Joe series, Bazooka is seen as a peripheral character. He, along with Scarlett and Duke, are tasked with a mission to protect Dr. Gerald Orizama from a Cobra abduction plot. During the mission, Bazooka waits outside of the building, where he is the first person to confront Blackout and his unsuspecting young decoys.[16] During Blackout's extraction of the doctor, Bazooka is shot dead in a hallway. He is mourned by fellow Joes back at The Pit, with his trademark football jersey framed and hung on the wall, while Stalker says a tribute to him.[17]


Bazooka, as seen in the Sunbow series episode "Bazooka Saw A Sea Serpent"

Sunbow series[edit]

Bazooka first appeared in the mini-series "Pyramid of Darkness". He is frequently paired off with Alpine, and is voiced by John Hostetter.[18] He has appeared in the following episodes:

  • "where the reptiles roam"
  • "the Funhouse"
  • "Lasers in the Night"
  • "Cobra quake"
  • "Bazooka saw a sea serpent"
  • "Flint's Vacation"
  • "Arise, Serpentor, Arise"
  • "Sink the Montana"
  • "The Most Dangerous Thing in the World"

G.I. Joe: The Movie[edit]

He plays a minor but critical role in G.I. Joe: The Movie. Bazooka, Alpine, and Gung-Ho are charged with guarding the captured Serpentor. Lt. Falcon is supposed to be guarding the front, but leaves his post. As a result, all three Joes are attacked by the Dreadnoks and Nemesis Enforcer. Bazooka himself is smacked across the face by Nemesis Enforcer.[19]

G.I. Joe: Resolute[edit]

In an episode of G.I. Joe: Resolute, the USS Flagg suffers sabotage with multiple bombs going off. Its secure construction keeps it from sinking but there are still casualties. Bazooka, who is on security detail, is found murdered, without a mark on him. He was slain and hidden before the charges were planted. The culprit of both the bombing and Bazooka's murder is revealed to be Storm Shadow. In Bazooka's mouth was a message addressed to Snake Eyes.[20]


  1. ^ Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie, ed. G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 12. ISBN 0-87135-288-5. 
  2. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 102. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  3. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 116. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  4. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  5. ^ "SGT. BAZOOKA (v1), YOJOE.COM | Dedicated to the G.I.Joe of the 80's, 90's and beyond!". Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  6. ^ "SGT. BAZOOKA (v2), YOJOE.COM | Dedicated to the G.I.Joe of the 80's, 90's and beyond!". Retrieved 2012-09-23. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #78 (Oct 1988)
  9. ^ Action Force #7 (April 1987)
  10. ^ Action Force #33-34 (October 1987)
  11. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol. 2 #2 (2001)
  12. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol. 2 #15
  13. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol. 2 #16 (2003)
  14. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol. 2 #23 (October 2003)
  15. ^ G.I.Joe #36 (2005)
  16. ^ G.I. Joe (IDW) #14 (Jan. 2010)
  17. ^ G.I. Joe (IDW) #15 (Feb. 2010)
  18. ^ "Bazooka". GI Joe Character List. Joe Headquarters. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  19. ^ G.I. Joe: The Movie (Motion picture). De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. April 20, 1987. 
  20. ^ "G.I. Joe: Resolute". G.I. Joe: Resolute. Season 1. Episode 1. 2009-04-18. 4 minutes in. Cartoon Network/Adult Swim. 

External links[edit]

  • Bazooka at JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Home Page