Joe is a tall, young fellow who has short, spiky, blond hair and wears red pants with white shoes. In his Shadaloo C.R.I. profile artwork, he also wears a light gray tank top with fingerless black gloves and a star-shaped belt buckle.
Joe was formerly the unbeaten kickboxing champion of the United States before violent outbursts and financial troubles caused him to become an outlaw on the road. He currently participates in indie wrestling tournaments under the identity "Super Star".
- Joe is loosely based on the late kickboxing legend, Joe Lewis.
- Up until their new artwork were released in the Shadaloo C.R.I. section of the Capcom Fighters Network website, Joe and Mike were the only fighters never to be officially featured in any other Street Fighter related media outside the original game.
- The Caucasian character and the African-American character featured in the original Street Fighter II intro were initially believed to be Joe and Mike from the very first game. However, the Street Fighter V website later revealed that they were separate characters named Scott and Max, respectively.
- The train yard stage in Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams is reminiscent of Joe's train yard stage.
- In Final Fight: Streetwise, Kyle faces a kickboxing fighter in Little Italy's fight club named "Ghost", who sports the same pants and hair style as Joe. This has led to speculation that "Ghost" is in fact Joe.