A hard charger from the so-called "greatest generation" Robert Savage joined up in the waning days of 1942, ready to fight the good fight. A survivor of Omaha Beach and an infantry commander renowned for his skill, Savage was listed KIA after a German science facility he and his squad attacked exploded.
In 1995 a documentary crew doing a special on the "super-science" of the Third Reich stumbled upon the cryogenically preserved body of Savage. After being restored, and acclimated to the changes time had brought, Savage was remanded to the custody of the G.I. Joe team for observation. Within a year however, Savage left the team, his "Screaming Eagles" in tow, and now operates as second-in-command of Special Counter-Terrorism Unit Delta.
Hasbro Comics continuity
Savage, along with the other Screaming Eagles, appear in the Sgt. Savage vs. Gen. Blitz mini-comics packed with select toys. In the comic, the Eagles defend a nuclear facility from the I.R.O.N. Army, drawing the enemy into a trap by hiding under the dirt of their bunker before attacking and driving back General Blitz's forces.
On each figure's card-back were short comics, akin to newspaper comic strips. In one, Savage sabotages a u-boat. Another, set in 1944 Europe, details Savage and four other soldiers charging out of a foxhole. A third gives a slightly different version (from the cartoon) of how he was awakened after fifty years. The strips on the back of the toys containing the battle bunkers and mini-comics (as well as others) show scenes of the same battle included in the mini-comics.
Dark Horse Comics continuity
Devil's Due Publishing continuity
While serving in the reserves, Savage was called upon to fight in Algeria during the conflict now known as World War III.
Vs. The Transformers III: The Art of War
Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles
The only episode of Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles to be released begins with a news reel from 1944 surmising how Sgt. Robert Steven Savage, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, is MIA and presumed dead along with his entire platoon after being sent to raid a German scientific facility. Fifty years later, when the facility is discovered, it turns out that Savage was captured, experimented upon, and cryogenically frozen. The hero's frozen body is given to the Joes for further research.
A scientist called Dr. Garret Stromm tells the Joes that their security detail for a new super advanced space platform which is about to be deployed, is unnecessary. According to Savage, the raid in which his platoon died was sabotaged by a traitor. Savage identifies the scientist as Garrison "Blitz" Krieger, the traitor himself.
Savage is told he was a guinea pig for certain experiments and now has increased reflexes and super strength. These new found "powers", as well as his whole physical condition, wanes from time to time, so Doc gives Savage a DNA compound to stabilize his condition and prevent him from aging rapidly.
Savage takes command of a team of six highly trained, undisciplined soldier, now calling themselves the "Screaming Eagles". The Screaming Eagles attack the launch in an effort to stop Blitz, his plans, and his new, completely robotic I.R.O.N. Army.
GI Joe Extreme
Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles
Seven figures of Sgt. Savage were released as part of the Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles toyline, including one 12" figure. One came with the Old Soldiers Never Die episode on VHS, another came with the first half of the Sgt. Savage vs. Gen. Blitz mini-comic, a third was packaged with the P-40 Warhawk, and a fourth came with the cryo chamber he was found in.
There were plans to make an Air Force Sgt. Savage and a Frogman Sgt. Savage, but these never made it past the prototype stage. However the Air Force version may have become the version included with the Warhawk.
GI Joe Extreme
Savage received two action figures as part of the Extreme line. One included a large hand-held gun and small catapult. The other was included as the operator for the Detonator cannon.
A third figure was planned as part of an urban defense four-pack, but went unreleased.
- The u-boat sabotaged by Savage can be identified by the markings on it's conning tower as U-7. That u-boat did sink during World War II, however the official cause is listed as a malfunction during a diving maneuver.
- If Savage did sink the U-7, the otherwise unnamed captain would then be Günther Loeschcke.
- If Savage did sink the U-7, that would mean he was in Lithuania on February 18, 1944.
- Savage's assignment to North Africa during WWIII could be a reference to Operation Torch, due to his roots in WWII.
- According to one of his filecards, Savage had served in the Sahara before.
- Savage's appearance in The Art of War is based on his GI Joe Extreme appearance.
- Considering the P-40 Warhawk has Flying Tiger markings and Savage "joined up in the waning days of 1942," that would mean he started flying as part of the 23rd Fighter Groupin China.
- According to secret messages included on packages from the Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles toyline, Savage's favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries, cola, and ice cream. His favorite past times are baseball, basketball, and catching up on the past 50 years of military history.
- In a journal entry on one of Dynamite's file cards, Savage infers he helped destroy the "guns at Navarrone" [sic] and could have used Dynamite in that action. This is a reference to the novel and film The Guns of Navarone, a completely fictional adaptation of the Battle of Leros, which took place in September 1943.
- In a journal entry on one of General Blitz's file cards, Savage makes reference to the 1944 "attack on Anzio." It is unclear if Savage served in Operation Shingle, or if he is just making a cultural reference.
Sgt. Savage on My Useless Knowledge.
Sgt. Savage and his Screaming Eagles on YoJoe.com
GI Joe Extreme on YoJoe.com
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/sgtsavage/misc.shtml
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/action/other/extreme/unproduced/fourpack.shtml
- ↑ Kemp, Paul: U-Boats Destroyed, German Submarine Losses in the World Wars, 1997. p. 170. Arms and Armour. ISBN 1-85409-515-3
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/sgtsavage/dcsavage.shtml
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/sgtsavage/dynamite.shtml
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/sgtsavage/blitz.shtml
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/sgtsavage/comsavage.shtml
- ↑ http://www.yojoe.com/sgtsavage/irons.shtml