Crazylegs (G.I. Joe)

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G.I. Joe character
Crazylegs (G.I. Joe).jpg
First appearance 1987
Affiliation G.I. Joe
Specialty Assault Trooper
File name Thomas, David O.
Birth place Fort Dodge, Iowa
SN 870-28-9277
Rank Corporal E-4
Primary MOS Infantry
Secondary MOS Parachute Rigger
Subgroups Night Force

Crazylegs is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline and comic book series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's assault trooper and debuted in 1987.


His real name is David O. Thomas, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Crazylegs was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Crazylegs's primary military specialty is infantry, and his secondary military specialty is parachute rigger. Crazylegs could have been an organist if his fingers hadn't been too short; instead he applied for the Airborne Rangers with a willingness to jump out of a helicopter into a hot landing zone with nothing but a rifle and a couple of grenades. Aside from being Airborne Ranger qualified, he has been cross-trained as a forward artillery observer.[1]


Crazylegs was first released as an action figure in 1987.[2][3] The figure was repainted and released as part of the "Night Force" line in 1988, packaged with Outback.[4][5]

In spring of 2011, a new Crazylegs action figure, based on the appearance of the original 1987 release, was released as part of Hasbro's "Pursuit of Cobra" toyline.[6]

In 2014, the character was featured at the G. I. Joe Collectors' Convention in Dallas.[7]


In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #69. He is also featured in the following two issues. He assists Wild Bill and Maverick. At first, the three Joes had been coerced by the Dreadnoks Zarana, Monkeywrench and Thrasher, who had threatened to kill several civilians unless the Joes assisted in their escape. Soon, the Joes, the Dreadnoks and the civilians were all willingly working together; all escape danger.[8]

Crazylegs is part of a massive Joe support unit sent to Cobra Island to support Serpentor in the first Cobra civil war. Aircraft attack the forces, severely injuring him and Lift-Ticket, but both survive.[9]

Crazylegs is part of a mission in the fictional country of Trucial Abysmia. His squad of Joes destroy several Cobra facilities called Terror Dromes but they are captured to a man.[10] A mistake while talking with Cobra Commander leads the Joe's captors, the Crimson Twins to assume the prisoners are to be executed. A S.A.W. Viper steps forward upon seeing the Twin's reluctance. He quickly slays Doc, Heavy Metal, Thunder and Crankcase. A concealed knife allows the survivors to wound the Viper and escape in a 'Cobra Rage' vehicle. The Joes manage to destroy several pursuers. The tank is hit by a Cobra 'Maggot', and Quick-Kick, Crazylegs and Breaker are killed. Cross Country, Duke and Lt. Falcon manage to escape to safety.[11]

In the IDW comics series, Crazy-Legs is part of a three-man series set to investigate an assassin that has fired upon a Joe facility in Washington D.C. The entire team is killed.[volume & issue needed]


  1. ^ "Crazylegs filecard". Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  3. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 111. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  4. ^ Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3. 
  5. ^ Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 116. ISBN 0-87341-301-6. 
  6. ^ "G.I. Joe: The Pursuit of COBRA - Crazylegs". 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  7. ^ " A timeless G.I. Joe descends upon Dallas for fans at convention". Dallas Morning News. Apr 2014. Marc Ramirez
  8. ^ "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #69-71 (1988)
  9. ^ G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #74 (August 1988)
  10. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #108 (Jan. 1991)
  11. ^ G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #109 (Feb. 1991)

External links[edit]

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