Short-Fuze is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero and G.I. Joe vs. Cobra series.
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Short-Fuze comes from a military family. His father and grandfather both became career top sergeants. He followed in their footsteps and joined the Army. However, he does have a short temper and very sensitive on things said about him. This earned him the codename he sports now. The one thing that calms his temper is his love for abstract mathematics. He can mentally calculate artillery azimuths and plot trajectories. This amazing ability has helped the Joe Team win many battles.



A Real American Hero continuity

Marvel Comics continuity

The rescue of Dr. Adele Burkhart was one of Short-Fuze's early missions. He was part of Stalker's landing team whose job it was to take out the airfield and Cobra's air capability. That part of the mission was a success though it turned out to be a ruse. Still, the Joes managed to defeat Cobra and complete the mission.[1]

Devil's Due Comics continuity
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Dreamwave Comics continuity

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Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

Voice Actor: Frank Welker

Short-Fuze from the A Real American Hero animated continuity.


Throughout the early stages of the M.A.S.S. Device crisis, Short-Fuze remained on reserve. Along with Steeler, he spent the time devising a way to bring down the relay satellite that allows the M.A.S.S. to aim its beam around the world. They built the Satellite Killer which was quickly launched only to be shot down by Cobra.[2] The time came to obtain the final element for the Joes' own MASS, Short-Fuze is the first one to spot the meteor located in the middle of a volcano's crater. Cobra intervenes and takes the meteor and Short-Fuze becomes a member of the boarding party, taking the fight to Cobra.[3] When the location of Cobra's base is finally learned, Short-Fuze joins the fight to take down Cobra and the M.A.S.S.[4]


Generation 1
Short-Fuze A Real American Hero (1982)

Short-Fuze was a part of the 1982 launch of A Real American Hero toys. Like all the action figures in that series, he had two versions. The first one had straight arms. The following year, Hasbro perfected the Swivel Arm Battle Grip design and applied it to all the original figures.

Appearance: yellow hair; dark green shirt with black straps (one horizontal) and silver pockets; dark green belt and pants with brown pockets and boots

Accessories: dark green "Breaker" helmet; clear visor; dark green backpack (with engraved mortar shells); small, black mortar and mortar stand. (Prototype visor was black). page/Filecard

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Stars and Stripes Forever (1997)
For the first time in a long time, Short-Fuse comes back to toy stores with Toys "Я" Us's Stars and Stripes Forever, a special pack meant to commemorate the 15th anniversary of A Real American Hero. The Short-Fuse action figure in the pack utilized the same 1982 mold.
1997 filecard from
Generation 2
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Night Force (2004)
Toys R Us released a new Night Force set for 2004's Valor vs. Venom series. The Short-Fuze included in this set utilized the same mold as another Joe member who also specializes in mortar artillery, Downtown.
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Comic Pack (2005)
One of the Comic Packs for 2005 included a set that has Short-Fuze, Craig "Rock 'n Roll" McConnel, Flash and a copy of G.I. Joe #8. The design for Short-Fuze's action figure is meant to be reminiscent of his appearance in that comic.
2005 Comic Pack filecard
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Winter Operations (2005)
The Winter Operations set was another Toys R Us exclusive. It included Short-Fuze in its pack, as well as Backblast, Frostbite, Snake-Eyes, Sgt. Stalker and Mirage. The action figure itself is a complete recolor of Blizzard.
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  • Short-Fuze's 1982 filecard came in three different versions, all differing in what his real name is supposed to be. Some cards say it is Mark W. Brenstan or Mark W. Freistadt but the most accepted version is Eric W. Freistadt which was used in all other Joe fiction.
  • A "restricted-level psychological profile" on the preliminary filecard said he "has a tendency to explode into verbal abuse involving very imaginative vitriolic [caustic, scathing] content... however, vituperative [harshly abusive] outbursts are merely a smokescreen masking a vulnerable ego."[5]

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