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Dial Tone is the G.I. Joe Team's electronics and communications genius. His real name is Jack S. Morelli, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Dial Tone was born in Eugene, Oregon.

Dial Tone built his own crystal radio set when he was ten. By fourteen he was part of a CB net, and had his own ham station by the time he was sixteen. Dial Tone made all his own equipment, buying parts with quarters earned bagging groceries. He joined the army to further his education in his chosen field, and became the Joe team's communications expert. Despite this, he has been seen many times fighting on the battlefield.


In the Sunbow G.I. Joe TV series, Dial-Tone was portrayed as being somewhat nerdy compared to the other tech-savvy Joes as well as having bad taste in clothing when it came to his out-of-date civilian wardrobe. He was often seen in the company of both Wet-Suit and Leatherneck and even fixed them both up with dates although Leatherneck found his friend's taste in women somewhat lacking as well. He was outgoing and eager to please to the point of being obsequious. When he was on the military base, he spent most of his spare time with Mainframe creating and playing video games. When assigned to combat or missions he was under the command of Flint's platoon. His status as a Joe was likewise questionable and in an issue of Marvel Age he was said to be a "probationary member" and that he was hanging on "by the skin of his teeth". In "Sins of the Fathers", he was actually turned down for re-enlistment and hired by a disguised Zarana for a project utilizing his expertise in communications involving "very specific parameters". However, it was revealed at the end that he was only turned down to give him a foolproof cover knowing that Cobra would try and recruit him.

Dial-Tone appeared in the following episodes:


  • Arise, Serpentor, Arise
  • Cobrathon
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie
  • Glamour Girls
  • Grey Hairs & Growing Pains
  • Iceberg Goes South
  • In The Presence of My Enemy
  • Into Your Tent...
  • Joes' Night Out
  • Last Hour To Doomsday
  • Let's Play Soldier
  • Million Dollar Medic
  • Most Dangerous Thing In The World
  • My Brother's Keeper
  • My Favorite Things
  • Nightmare Assault
  • Once Upon A Joe
  • The Rotten Egg
  • Sins Of Our Father
  • The Spy That Rooked Me

G.I. Joe: The Movie

Dial-Tone also appeared briefly in the 1987 animated film G.I. Joe the Movie.

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