November 11, 1954 |
|Died||March 30, 2015(aged 60)|
|Area(s)||Writer, Editor, Letterer, Colourist|
Roger Allen Slifer (November 11, 1954 - March 30, 2015) was a writer of comic books, animation, and video games, who co-created the character Lobo for DC Comics. Among the many comic-book series for which he wrote was that publishers' Omega Men for a long run in the 1980s.
Slifer was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in 2012 that left him in institutional care since until his death.
By the mid-1970s, Slifer was working as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics. Thanks to Marvel staffers (and former CPL Gang members) Duffy Vohland and Tony Isabella, in the late 1970s Slifer was hired as an assistant editor at Marvel, where wrote for a number of comic-book series including The Defenders. Eventually, Slifer became a special projects editor at Marvel, overseeing comics magazines published by Marvel's parent company, such as the The Rampaging Hulk. During this time, Slifer worked on the Marvel Classics Comics line, in addition to film adaptations.
Slifer moved to DC Comics in February 1981, ostensibly as the company's first sales manager to comic book specialty stores. He continued writing sporadically, most notably on Omega Men, where he co-created the alien mercenary anti-hero Lobo with artist Keith Giffen. Slifer served as an editor at DC from 1984-1985 and oversaw the Green Lantern/Green Arrow reprint series, New Talent Showcase, and World's Finest Comics. Slifer left DC after clashing with the company about its stance regarding creator's rights. Slifer had been involved in the creator's rights issue since the late 1970s.
After leaving DC, Slifer found work in animation, where he latched on with Sunbow Entertainment, an animation studio with strong ties to Marvel Comics. Slifer eventually became a supervising producer, story editor, and writer for the animated television program Jem and the Holograms. He produced and story-edited many other animated series including G.I. Joe Extreme, Transformers, Street Fighter, Conan the Adventurer, and Bucky O'Hare. During his time at Sunbow, Slifer's colleagues included former Marvel Comics writers Steve Gerber and Marv Wolfman.
Slifer has worked as a writer and consultant in the video games industry.
Prior to 2012, Slifer had lived in Santa Monica, California.
Early on June 23, 2012, Slifer was hit by a car while walking in Santa Monica, after spending the evening with friends. The driver fled the scene. Slifer was seriously injured, suffering breaks to some ribs, his collar bone, and his shoulder. Most critically, due to head injuries, doctors had to remove a portion of Slifer's skull and place him in an induced coma at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
S.L.I.F.E.R., the Society for Legal, Investigative and Financial Empowerment and Recovery, was created in July 2012 to assist in bringing the hit-and-run driver to justice and providing updates on Slifer's condition. The nonprofit assistance organization The Hero Initiative is raising money to assist in Slifer's legal case and medical care.
Slifer's sister Connie Carlton took over his care, and in late July 2012, Slifer was moved from UCLA's Ronald Reagan Neuroscience/Trauma Intensive Care Unit to Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles. At that point, he was still comatose. Slifer's condition improved at Barlow, and he emerged from his coma. In late September 2012, he was transferred to the sub-acute care facility Goldstar Rehabilitation Services, in Santa Monica.
As of late February 2013, Slifer was awaiting surgery to replace the portion of his skull removed immediately after the accident. Carlton had arranged to transport Slifer to Indiana for further rehabilitation. He died March 30, 2015.
Slifer has had three fictional characters named at least in part after him:
- The John Byrne robot character Rog-2000 was named as such by Bob Layton in 1974, who was riffing on the amount of "Rogers" – specifically Slifer and Roger Stern – who contributed to the fanzine Contemporary Pictorial Literature.
- The true identity of Ghost Rider villain Inferno, created in 1974 by Tony Isabella and Jim Mooney, is that of a demon named "Slifer, Fear-Monger". Isabella had met Slifer through a mutual friend.
- A god card in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, originally named Sky Dragon of Osiris (オシリスの天空竜 Oshirisu no Tenkūryū?), was renamed "Slifer the Sky Dragon" after Slifer by 4Kids Entertainment employee Sam Murakami.
- Batman #347 (1982)
- Green Lantern / Green Arrow #1 (introduction only) (1983)
- Omega Men #1-13 (1983–1984)
- Avengers Annual #8 (1978)
- Defenders #44-47 (1977)
- Fantastic Four #183 (1977)
- Giant-Size Defenders #4-5 (1975)
- Iron Man #84-85 (1976)
- Marvel Two-in-One #13, 38-40 (1976–1978)
- Power Man #46 (1977)
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- Arrant, Chris (March 30, 2015). "Lobo Co-Creator Roger Slifer Passes Away". Newsarama.com. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- Archibald, Ashley (June 26, 2012). "Cartoon producer hospitalized after hit-and-run". Santa Monica Daily Press. Archived from the original on August 31, 2013.
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- Roger Slifer (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
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- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 202. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
When space-bike-riding renegade Lobo made his debut during the "Citadel War" storyline in The Omega Men by Roger Slifer and artist Keith Giffen, he was hardly recognizable as the rebellious anti-hero who would become one of the best-selling DC characters of the 1990s.
- Slifer, Roger. "Screwed by DC," The Comics Journal #121 (April 1985), p. 25.
- Groth, Gary. "Birth of the Guild: May 7, 1978," The Comics Journal #42 (October 1978), pp. 21-28.
- "Ploog & Kirby Quit Marvel over Contract Dispute," The Comics Journal #44 (Jan. 1979), p. 11.
- William-Ross, Lindsay (June 26, 2012). "Comic Book Writer and TV Producer In Coma After Hit-and-Run". Gothamist. Archived from the original on August 31, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Gallaher, Valerie (July 6, 2012). "Co-Creator of DC's 'Lobo' In Coma After Hit-And-Run, Needs Your Help". MTV Geek. Archived from the original on August 31, 2013.
- "About," S.L.I.F.E.R. Needs You Facebook Page. Accessed Feb. 23, 2013.
- Alovis, Will. "Roger Medical Update 7/27/12," S.L.I.F.E.R. Needs You Facebook Page (July 27, 2012).
- Alovis, Will. "Roger Medical Update 10/8/12," S.L.I.F.E.R. Needs You Facebook Page (Oct. 8, 2012).
- Carlton, Connie. "Roger Medical Update 2/15/13," S.L.I.F.E.R. Needs You Facebook Page (Feb. 15, 2013).
- Roger Slifer at the Grand Comics Database
- Roger Slifer at the Comic Book DB
- Roger Slifer at the Internet Movie Database
- Roger Slifer at Mike's Amazing World of Comics
- Roger Slifer at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
|The Defenders writer
(with Gerry Conway and
David Anthony Kraft)
David Anthony Kraft
|Omega Men writer