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The man known as Scrap-Iron is a world-class armaments designer, skilled at creating new types of anti-armor weapons. Methodical and precise, Scrap-Iron's hatred of imperfection drives him to create new weapons that have moved beyond the category of "smart" weapons to "brilliant" weapons. It's widely believed that Scrap-Iron was a product designer for Destro's MARS company before joining Cobra. He was responsible for field testing new anti-tank weapons for Cobra, including his remote-fired missile launcher and a portable, hand-held variant.
On one of his first operations for Cobra, Scrap-Iron joined Firefly and Buzzer in pursuing the Soft Master, who was fleeing the Springfield police station. As he fled in a stolen police car, he just barely drove past a oncoming train and caused a drunk man, driving a car carrying two hitch-hikers -- Billy and Candy, to crash. As the Soft Master turned back to save those in the accident, Scrap-Iron fired a missile that killed the old ninja. Then, on Firefly's order, he fired another missile at the car wreck, killing the driver and Candy, and causing Billy to lose an eye and a leg. After taking part in the Battle of Springfield fighting against a G.I. Joe invasion, Scrap-Iron mostly settled into the background of Cobra operations, spending more time in the lab than in the field. He served as weapons officer onboard the Cobra space shuttle as it fought the Joe team's Defiant to destroy a group of communications satellites and later took part in the Cobra Island civil war.
Some time later, Cobra made a deal with the government-contracted electronics company Nexus-Tech to destroy the company's documents, which would have proven they were cheating the government. A phony hostage situation was staged by Cobra BATs disguised as terrorists and Cobra operatives -- including Scrap-Iron -- posing as scientists being held hostage. After destroying the documents, Scrap-Iron and the others swallowed capsules with microfilm of the documents inside them. When they were "saved" by the Joe team, the Joes' mission leader, Stalker figured out the truth. He sent them to the hospital to be checked out, knowing full well that any x-rays taken at the hospital would ruin the microfilm. It's unknown if Scrap-Iron escaped arrest, since his subsequent activities with Cobra are unknown. While the Joe team was shut down and Cobra was out of commission for several years, Scrap-Iron resurfaced, working on a number of projects for Destro.
When Cobra Commander returned to the United States in 2001 with a renewed Cobra organization and sent for his former high command, Scrap-Iron answered the call. He recently took part in the fight against the forces of a revived Serpentor on Cobra Island. In the aftermath of that battle, Scrap-Iron was arrested by the Joe team along with Major Bludd, but was broken out of Blackwater Prison by the mercenary Wraith, who was working for Destro. Scrap-Iron began working for Destro once again, as the arms dealer took control of Cobra in the Commander's absence. He fought a small team of Joes in a battle in the Cobra-controlled town of New Moon, Colorado. Eventually, Cobra Commander returned himself and made his way to Cobra Island with troops loyal to him. He arrived with little difficulty, as Bludd, Tomax, Xamot and others had remained loyal to him all along. Scrap-Iron and those working for Destro were taken prisoner. Scrap-Iron remained in Cobra Commander's custody as he set in motion his plans to unleash the superweapon known as the Tempest. At the same time, the Joes and Cobra faced a new threat in the group called the Red Shadows, who had begun targeting and murdering agents of both groups. The Joes eventually defeated the schemes of the Red Shadows, and Cobra was once again left in disarray. In the midst of this chaos, Scrap-Iron escaped.
One year later, Cobra Commander infiltrated the White House, replacing and posing as Chief of Staff Garret Freedlowe. Working closely with the President, "Freedlowe" created a new team called the Phoenix Guard, which he intended to use to destroy and take the place of G.I. Joe. The team's roster was made up of former Cobra agents using false identities. Scrap-Iron joined the group in the guise of a soldier code-named Mech. The Phoenix Guard's commander General Rey was unaware of his soldiers' true identities, and lead them on a raid of the new Joe team's headquarters. Against his wishes, the team relied too easily on deadly force, injuring many Joes and killing many of their support staff. When Rey learned the truth about his men, he confronted Scrap-Iron. He taunted the General and nearly killed him before Spirit and Snake-Eyes arrived. The Joes soon defeated the Phoenix Guard, and Scrap-Iron and other members were arrested by the military.
Known aliases: Mech; Timothy P. Janes
Primary Military Specialty: Armored Vehicle
Secondary Military Specialty: Experimental
Status: In Custody
First Appearance: G.I. JOE #43 (January 1986)
First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #43
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G.I. Joe (1982)
G.I. Joe (2001)
#10 G.I. Joe (2005)
- 'Malfunction! 1 of 4'#24
- 'The Last Stand Part 3'#25
- 'The Last Stand Part 4'#26
- 'Scott Sturgis is a Reasonable Man...'#32
- 'Players and Pawns: Five of Five'#33
- 'The Road Less Traveled'#34
- 'Bad Moon Rising: One of Two'#35
- 'Bad Moon Rising: Two of Two'#37
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Two'#39
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Four'#40
- 'Union of the Snake: Part Five'
#17 G.I. Joe Special Missions (1986)
- 'What the Tables Do'#36
- 'World War III Part XII, Hell'
#17 G.I. Joe Yearbook (1985)
- 'All in a Night's Work'
G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982)
TPB vol. 05#43 G.I. Joe: America's Elite: Data Desk Handbook (2005)
- 'The Battle of Springfield'#65
- 'Shuttle Complex'#74
- 'Alliance of Convenience'#75
- 'Holding Actions!'#76
- 'All's Fair'
#1 G.I. Joe: Battle Files (2002)
- 'Data Desk Handbook'
TPB The G.I. Joe Order of Battle (1986)
- 'The Official G.I. Joe Handbook, 3 of 4'
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