Maverick (G.I. Joe)
Real Name: Thomas Kiley
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While still only a boy in Ida Grove, Iowa, Maverick flew along with his mother in her crop duster, an old Stearman biplane. He can't remember a time when he wasn't flying. After graduating at the top of his class from the Air Force Academy, Maverick volunteered for every experimental program that was offered. He became one of the few pilots qualified to operate the Air Force's most highly advanced aircraft. Those skills, added to his strength, quick reflexes and perfect eyesight, made Maverick a natural pilot. He was later assigned to Battle Force 2000 where he piloted the Vector jet.
On his first mission for the Joe team apart from the Battle Force, Maverick served as Wild Bill's co-pilot onboard C-130 that brought a small Joe rescue team into Sierra Gordo to retrieve U.S. Ambassador Winthrop. While Maverick, Wild Bill and Crazylegs waited at the airfield for the rescue team to return, a group of Sierra Gordan refugees arrived, begging for passage out of the nation as it became consumed by civil war. The Joes had to refuse due to their mission, but things changed when Zarana and two Dreadnoks arrived, also wanting to leave. When they took the refugees hostage, Wild Bill and his crew had no choice but to take off and abandon the other Joes. The plane was hit by enemy fire and made a crash landing. The Joes were forced to find their way through the jungles with three Dreadnoks and a planeload of refugees. After a chaotic series of events, they stole a plane and made their way back to America.
Maverick's next assignment was a far easier one. He and other Joes participated in an airshow, displaying their flying skills and their fighters. While at the show, Maverick was riding in an old biplane similar to the one his mother flew when Cobra agents led by Firefly stole the Vector jet. Maverick and the plane's pilot, Bert Phriem, followed the Vector to a barge hauling garbage on the Hudson River. Maverick and Phriem commandeered a boat, boarded the barge and stopped the Cobra troopers. To reward Bert for his help, Maverick let him pilot the Vector back to the airshow.
Battle Force 2000 was involved in the Battle of Benzheen against Cobra, along with almost the entire G.I. Joe team. While they were maneuvering near huge oil storage tanks, the oil was ignited by enemy fire. The explosion that followed took the lives of every member of Battle Force 2000 but Dodger. The team's deceased members and the other G.I. Joe casualties were given heroes' funerals at Arlington National Cemetary.
U.S. Air Force Captain
First Appearance: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982) #68
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G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1982)
#68 G.I. Joe: Special Missions (1986)
- 'Cut and Freeze Dried'#69
- 'Into the Breach'#70
- 'Fair Trade'#71
- 'Alliance of Convenience'#75
- 'Holding Actions!'#76
- 'All's Fair'#81
- 'Plots And Tracts'#83
- 'Previous Agreement'
- 'Tight Circle'
G.I. Joe Battle Force 2000
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