Heading to Soda City Comic Con in Columbia, South Carolina this weekend? If so, Joe Fans, then you’re in for a treat, as Larry Hama and Sgt. Slaughter will be in attendance at the show! Here’s the official presser –
Larry Hama is a writer/artist/editor/actor who has is best known as the writer of Marvel’s GI JOE and WOLVERINE comics in the ‘80s and ‘90s. He has also written, edited or drawn for Nth Man, Avengers, Conan, Batman, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Spider-Man, and dozens more. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in National Lampoon, Esquire, New York and Rolling Stone. He appeared in MASH, SNL, and THE WARRIORS. His most recent novel is “The Death of Captain America.” Recently scripted BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT, and WONDER WOMAN for DC Comics’ Convergence Event, and Call of Duty Black Ops for Dark Horse. Currently writing GI Joe ARAH for IDW, and doing breakdowns for DEATHSTROKE and MICHAEL CRAY at DC Comics.
SGT Slaughter (Robert Remus) is an American retired professional wrestler currently signed in the WWE in the ambassador program. From the late 1970s to the early 1980s, he had success in the National Wrestling Alliance, American Wrestling Association, and the World Wrestling Federation. Slaughter’s greatest achievement came with him becoming world champion by winning the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1991 as well as headlining WrestleMania VII. Slaughter also captured the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship twice. He is also a Hall of Famer class of 2004. As Sgt. Slaughter, Remus became known for his dark sunglasses, his large hat, and his Vietnam War-era military fatigues. In the 1980s, an alternate version of the Sgt. Slaughter character was incorporated into the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line as well as its animated series and comic books. SGT Slaughter legitimately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was a drill instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina, prior to his professional wrestling career.
Sgt. Slaughter quickly rose to the status of number one contender on the strength of his “cobra clutch” challenges where he would seat wrestlers in a chair in the ring, and apply the hold, offering $5,000 to anyone who could break it. In early 1984, Slaughter’s career took off after he turned face and defended America’s honor against the hated Iron Sheik. Slaughter and the Iron Sheik engaged in many matches throughout the year, culminating in a boot camp match which took place before a sold out Madison Square Garden that summer. Slaughter is easily one of the most recognized “faces” in Wrestling with his popularity rivaling that of Hulk Hogan’s. Slaughter voices an adult version of himself in the animated WWE Network Exclusive show Camp WWE.
Fictionalized versions of Sgt. Slaughter were part of the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toy line, cartoon and comic books, as a member of the G.I. Joe team and first appeared in the five-part TV episode entitled “Arise, Serpentor, Arise!” Along with the traditional merchandising of WWE superstars, Sgt. Slaughter is one of only a few real people to be immortalized as a G.I. Joe figure, (among the others being NFL football player William “The Refrigerator” Perry, pro-wrestler Roddy Piper, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin), and even appeared in G.I. Joe: The Movie.
Sounds like Soda City comic Con is going to be a great time for fans of G.I.Joe! If you’re heading out this weekend, be safe, have fun & YO JOE!