Though I have a great fondness for the Sunbow cartoon, I do have a bone to pick with its portrayal of Bazooka. Did he have to sound like such a dunderhead? The file card describes him as a decisive fast thinker, and maybe he is to some extent (witness the ending of the Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent episode), but he just seemed to be such an easy butt for jokes, most notably at the hands of Alpine. Watching that same episode lately, I was amazed at some of the brutal comments by Alpine. The two seemed like the classic straight man vs. foil duo in the Pyramid of Darkness mini-series, but later the relationship got to the point of workplace hostility. I feel really bad for poor Bazook, having to deal with that kind of behavior from a co-worker day-in, day-out. Of course, this was years before bullying on the job was the hot issue it is now, so I’m not surprised Duke or Hawk never gave Mr. Pine a talking-to.
When I was a young GI Joe fan, I had no I interest in Bazooka as a character or an action figure. I never bought one back in the day. Even as a kid, I thought Bazooka was a strange looking GI Joe. I just didn’t get why the guy wore a football jersey. Then there was the fact that his head looked pretty goofy, especially with the huge mustache. Of course, now that I’m an adult, I understand and respect the power of an impressively groomed ‘stache, as well as the odd design choices that gave the old toys a little more character.