Dial-Tone was an engineering prodigy who specialized in telecommunications. As young as ten, he was already dabbling in making his radio communications devices and becoming part of a radio network group. He had other goals in mind when he entered the Army but found himself staying around as he saw a greater value for telecommunications in the military. That change in decision can also be attributed in part to a love for action.
While the rest of infantry appreciate Dial-Tone as being one of the guys who like to engage in an adrenaline rush as in a firefight, the buck, as they say, stops there. Dial-Tone's first love will always be radio technology and he still can't hide the techno-nerd that is in his blood.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Devil's Due Comics continuity
G.I. Joe vs. Transformers
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
Dial-Tone was part of an Action Force teams who were sent to recover a Northrod B2 bomber crew who crashed on an island with top secret information, and who then managed to transmit information on Cobra operations in Italy despite much resistance. When an anonymous tip-off was received about a Cobra assassination attempt on millionaire T.P. Dexter, Dial Tone disguised himself as Dexter and faked Dexter's death at the hands of Storm Shadow. When Cobra attack Action Force's London base Dial Tone was stationed there and detecting a signal beacon transmitted by an imprisoned Destro. He was later part of the assault force who recaptured an Arabian oil terminal from Cobra and prevented it from being exploded to ignite the oil fields.
Hasbro Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
First seen in "Arise, Serpentor, Arise." playing a videogame on the base computer with fellow second season first-timer, Mainframe.
Dial-Tone later was part of a nerve gas transport mission with Flint, Lady Jaye, and Cross Country; was promoted to Colonel along with Lifeline and Shipwreck by Cobra in a plot to disrupt G.I. Joe; was shot into space in a nightclub/restaurant with Leatherneck, and Wet-Suit; and was once used in a sting job involving Destro's previously ruined castle.
|A Real American Hero (1986)
Appearance: black beret; brown hair and mustache; pale beige shirt with open collar; green vest with black straps; black gloves and pants with brown belt and green boots and kneepads
Accessories: light grey anti-scrambler communications backpack with curved top and (barely) removable mouthpiece; light grey 9mm parabellum submachine pistol with short stock and slots on muzzle.
|Special Mission: Brazil (1986)
Appearance: black beret; black hair and mustache; black shirt with open collar; brown vest with green straps; black gloves and pants with beige belt and green boots and kneepads
Accessories: light grey backpack with curved top and (barely) removable mouthpiece; light grey submachine gun with short stock and slots on muzzle.
|Sonic Fighters (1990)
Appearance: black beret; brown hair and mustache; grey shirt with open collar; black vest with silver straps; black gloves; blue pants with black belt, boots, and kneepads
Accessories: large, black Sonic backpack with radar dish on top; black "Blocker" laser pistol; black "Dial-Tone" submachine gun; black "Hardball" grenade launcher and chamber; black "Charbroil" flamethrower.
|Battle Corps (1994)|
|The Real American Hero Collection (2000)|
|G.I. Joe vs. Cobra (2002)|
|Tiger Force (2003)|
- Dial-Tone's real name, Jack Morelli, comes from Marvel Comics editor and writer John Morelli, who edited the Order of Battle mini-series.
- Working names were Squelch and Hot-Line.