Footloose (G.I. Joe)
|G.I. Joe character|
Footloose as seen in the Sunbow/Marvel G.I. Joe animated series.
|Voiced by||Will Ryan|
|File name||Meyers, Andrew D.|
|Birth place||Gary, Indiana|
|Secondary MOS||Special Services|
His real name is Andrew D. Meyers, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Footloose was born in Gary, Indiana. Footloose wears a jungle camouflage pattern in his uniform and is equipped with a PASGT helmet with additional camo over it.
Footloose's primary military specialty is infantry, and his secondary military specialty is special services (basketball coach). He was his high school valedictorian, captain of the track team, and an Eagle scout. While going for his degree in Physical Education on a state scholarship, he suddenly dropped out and moved to the coast for about three years. He spent time there pondering the pointlessness of his existence, when he decided to join the Army. After basic training and AIT at Fort Benning, he graduated jump school and the desert training unit. Footloose is a qualified expert in all NATO and Warsaw Pact small arms.
Footloose was first released as an action figure in 1985. Proposed code-names for the figure included "Action", "Bravo" and "Grunt". The figure was repainted and released as part of the "Slaughter's Marauders" line in 1989.
In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #37 (July 1985). In that issue, despite his known inexperience, he is assigned to drive a small tank as backup to Flint. They are backup for the group of Blowtorch, Ripcord, Gung-Ho and Ripcord's girlfriend, Candy Appel. Said group had been attacked at the circus by the Crimson Twins. All the Joes become involved in a running battle throughout the grounds. He is then back-up for a raid on a suspected Cobra officer's house; coincidentally it is the home of Candy Appel's father.
Footloose also takes part in the invasion of the Cobra-held town of Springfield.
Footloose also appeared in the U.K. Action Force comic series, which had all original England based stories starring familiar Joe characters. In the first issue, Footloose is described as "one of our best field agents". Following, a Cobra underwater soldier Footloose had captured in the first issue is seen standing over his prone body with a knife. However, Footloose helps raid a Cobra outpost soon after. He then assists in stopping a Crimson Guard plan to blow up the Eiffel Tower. Another Crimson Guard, at a later time, ends up holding a classroom of his own students hostage. Footloose is one of the many authorities on the scene; ready to drop the man with a sniper rifle. He is not needed as of the Guard's own students talks the man into surrendering.
Footloose takes part in the three battle between the Joes, Cobra, and the Coil.
During the World War III storyline in America's Elite, Footloose is among the Joes deployed to Bolivia.[volume & issue needed]
- Hama, Larry (1987). Howard Mackie (ed.). G.I. Joe Order Of Battle. Marvel Entertainment Group. p. 54. ISBN 0-87135-288-5.
- "Footloose". Bloodforthebaron.com. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 102. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
- Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3.
- Bellomo, Mark (2005). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-89689-922-3.
- Santelmo, Vincent (1994). The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To G.I. Joe 1964-1994. Krause Publications. p. 125. ISBN 0-87341-301-6.
- G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #37
- G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #38
- "G.I. Joe A Real American Hero" #49-50
- "Action Force" #1 (March 1987)
- "Action Force" #2 (1987)
- "Action Force" #7 (April 1987)
- "Action Force" #8-9 (April–March 1987)
- "Action Force" #28 (September 12, 1987)
- G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (vol.2)
- "The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
- "Excalibur". G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
- Footloose at JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Home Page