Armadillo (G.I. Joe)

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G.I. Joe character
G.I. Joe Armadillo
First appearance

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #80, "Rolling Thunder"
Species Human
Nationality United States
File name

Philo R. Makepeace

G.I. Joe

E-7 (Sergeant First Class)
Primary specialty

Armored Assault Vehicle Driver
Secondary specialty

Advanced Reconnaissance

Armadillo is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe series. He is also known as Rumbler.

Fictional biography

His real name is Philo R. Makepeace and rank is E-7 (Sergeant First Class). Armadillo was born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

He is the driver of the Rolling Thunder vehicle, and his primary military specialty is that of armored assault vehicle driver. His secondary military specialty is advanced reconnaissance. Prior to his military career, he used to drive semi trucks, before his aggressive driving style got him into trouble.


Marvel Comics

In the Marvel Comics series, the character Armadillo was called Rumbler.[1] His first appearance was in issue #80, when he helped the G.I. Joe team to keep Cobra Command from claiming a newly-formed island near the original Cobra Island. However, just as the battle was over, the island sank back beneath the waves.

He later participated in a secret missions to rescue captured Joes and members of the Oktober Guard from Sierra Gordo. He participates in the Battle of Benzheen. [2]

In Marvel UK's Action Force comic, Armadillo appeared in G.I. Joe Annual 1992, as part of a team sent the fictional country of Sao Cristobel. The mission is to keep Cobra from acquiring a nuclear warhead.


In the original Hasbro toyline, Armadillo was first released in 1988, packaged with the Rolling Thunder vehicle. He continued to be sold in 1989, and was discontinued in 1990.[3]


  1. "Rumbler". JMM's G.I. Joe Comics Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  2. "G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero" #111-112
  3. "Armadillo". Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  • Hidalgo, Pablo (2009). G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide 1982-2008. Random House. ISBN 9780345516428. 
  • Bellomo, Mark (2009). The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe 1982-1994. Krause Publications. ISBN 9780896899223. 

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