Eric W. Freistadt
|Grade / Rank|
Mortar; Artillery; Infantry engineering
Artillery School; Engineer School; Advanced Infantry
|Weapon / vehicle expertise||
M-14; M-16; M1911A1; M-79 grenade launcher; M-2 light mortar; M-1 medium mortar
|1st Comic Appearance|
|1st Toon Appearance|
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.
Devil's Due Comics continuity
G.I. Joe Reloaded
Dreamwave Comics continuity
Sunbow animated series
Voice Actor: Frank Welker
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. 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. 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.
|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).
|Stars and Stripes Forever (1997)|
|Night Force (2004)|
|Comic Pack (2005)|
|Winter Operations (2005)|
- 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."