Animated continuity - Sunbow
- Voiced by Gregg Berger
Sparks was a communications officer and computer expert.Sparks later retired from G.I. Joe and took a job at a television station, but remained willing to help his former comrades.
A Real American Hero comics continuity - Devil's Due
Sparks was an early liaison of the team - a Pentagon translator who developed a working relationship with General Flagg and helped him bring together the original formation of the G.I. Joe team. After the team was established, he served as the Pentagon's official connection to G.I. Joe. He befriended Recondo; years later, when Recondo was reported killed in action by Major Bludd, the presumed-dead Joe reached out to Sparks and had his friend keep his status as deceased, so that he could still help the Joe team from deep undercover (literally, beyond death). Sparks kept the facade alive and was the only person to know that Recondo was still alive.
He took on a more active role in later years, when General Joe Colton was overseeing Joe operations, assisting Joes with special missions both overseas and domestically. He also maintained the classified Data Desk, and was injured during the Phoenix Guard's assault on "The Rock" (Joe HQ at the time) while trying to purge the Data Desk to prevent Cobra access to that vital information. He recuperated at the home of Colton and his wife Jane.
Sparks was released as part of the 2007 International G.I. Joe Convention exclusive "Tanks for the Memories" box set from the Official G.I. Joe Collectors' Club.
- The writers' guide for the Sunbow series noted that was no longer to be used in scripts and directed writer to "use Breaker instead". Oddly, Breaker was described as a "new character" despite having been one of the original Joes.
- A character looking like Sparks but in a grey uniform appears in Arise, Serpentor, Arise! (Part 2).
- Steve Gerber, G.I. Joe Writers' Guide (Sunbow Productions, Inc., 1985), 17. Available as a PDF at http://joeguide.com/pm/writersguide/