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Zap is a G.I. Joe character from the A Real American Hero series.
Zap
Zap
Personal information
File Name

Rafael J. Melendez

Birthplace

New York City, New York

Aliases

Sgt. Zap

Military information
Service branch

US Army

Grade / Rank

Staff Sergeant (E-6)

Specialties

Ground artillery; Combat engineering; Infantry

Training

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

Organizational information
Factions
Subteams
1st Comic Appearance

G.I. Joe #1

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.

Fiction

Comics

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.[1] 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.[2]

Devil's Due Comics continuity
   Write up

G.I. Joe Reloaded

   Write up


Animated continuity

Sunbow animated series

RAH Zap01

Zap as he appeared in the animated series.

Zap was on hand in the base to witness Cobra use the M.A.S.S. to abduct several world leaders on air. When the Duke was found alive and well, he was there to greet his commander.[3]

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.




Toys

Generation 1
Zap 1982 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.


YoJoe.com page/Filecard

Zap 1992 A Real American Hero (1992)

In 1992, Zap returned after almost a decade as part of the Super Sonic Fighters subset.


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.


YoJoe.com page/Filecard

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Stars and Stripes Forever (1997)
For the Stars and Stripes Forever collection, Zap is renamed Sgt. Zap. The action figure used the mold that was utilized to create the original Zap action figure.
Stars and Stripes Forever filecard
Generation 2
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Comic Pack (2004)
The Comic Pack that came included with Zap also included Snake-Eyes, Grunt and a copy of G.I. Joe #4. The Zap action figure that came with this pack is designed to look reminiscent of his appearance in the comicbook.
2004 Comic Pack filecard
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Tanks for the Memories (2007)
The Official G.I. Joe Collector's Club released a limited Tanks for the Memories set for club members. Zap was renamed as Rafael "Zap" Melendez for this set.
2007 Tanks for the Memories filecard from YoJoe.com

Trivia

 Write up

See also

External links

Footnotes



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