- Zap is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
Rafael J. Melendez
|Grade / Rank|
Ground artillery; Combat engineering; Infantry
Ordnance School; Advanced Infantry
|Weapon / vehicle expertise||
M-14; M-16; M1911A1; M-79 grenade launcher; M-72 LAW rocket; XM-71A TOW missile; XM-47 Dragon missile; XM-179 grenade launcher; XM-20 rocket launcher
|1st Comic Appearance|
Zap has a reputation for maintaining his composure even under heavy fire. He has to, he works with explosives. His particular specialty involves anti-armor and anti-tank weapons and a second specialty as the demolitions man. He may have a fun-loving attitude and a keen sense of humor but Zap is one of the most professional soldiers in the Joe Team. The man is inspirational to new recruits.
A Real American Hero continuity
Marvel Comics continuity
Zap provided firepower support in the Burkhart rescue mission. Once Cobra has retreated and the Joe Team finds out that the enemy base is rigged to blow up, Zap finds his limited flying skills with helicopters tested once more. His expertise in demolitions came in very handy when a radical survivalist activated the timer to a bomb of nuclear nature. He worked together with Grunt in disabling it.
Devil's Due Comics continuity
G.I. Joe Reloaded
Sunbow animated series
During the recovery of pieces of the fractured Cobra Weather Dominator weapon, Zap was assigned guard duty at G.I. JOE headquarters to protect the hydromaster component. Unfortunately, the Cobra ninja Storm Shadow stole the part back.
Zap was later part of a unit sent by Colonel Sharp to stop inner city gang members from harassing a mayoral candidate and intimidating potential voters. His team later discovered that Cobra was using the youth gangs to gain public sympathy, and thus electoral votes, for the harassed politician who himself had been actively conspiring with Cobra.
When Flint, Lady Jaye, Airtight, Dusty, Alpine and Bazooka were trapped into a danger-filled Cobra fortress known as the "Fun House", Zap's explosives expertise were called up to demolish thickly armored steel doors that prevented the team from rescuing their six comrades. After numerous attempts, Zap succeeded in breaching the entrance with high-explosive charges, just minutes before the entire base self-destructed.
|A Real American Hero (1982)
Zap was part of the first series of A Real American Hero action figures.
Appearance: black hair; light green shirt, belt, and pants, with bright green pockets and brown straps and boots (one horizontal).
Accessories: light olive-green "Breaker" helmet; light olive green backpack (with engraved bazooka shells); light olive green bazooka.
|A Real American Hero (1992)
Appearance: black hair and mustache; dark green shirt with brown vest and silver ammo; silver gloves; dark green pants with black boots and silver leg armor
Accessories: grey armored helmet; grey Sonic backpack/treaded tank with small, detachable swivel cannon; long, grey grenade launcher with grips on top and bottom and detachable muzzle cap; grey, two-barreled bazooka with extra handle on side; black figure stand.
Variations: Some figures came with silver accessories instead of grey ones.
|Stars and Stripes Forever (1997)|
|Comic Pack (2004)|
|Tanks for the Memories (2007)