It was confirmed earlier today (Monday) that notable comic book writer and editor Roger Slifer has passed away at the age of 60.
Here is the post from his sister Connie Carlton on the “S.L.I.F.E.R. needs you” Facebook page:
**ROGER SLIFER UPDATE 3/30/15**
It is with heavy heart that I share Roger passed away this morning. The Nursing home called approx 9 am and said he was struggling to breath and he died in the ambulance on the way to the ER.
It is especially sad because in the last month he was making great progress. He was writing words on his new whiteboard that I bought with money his friend Larry Spears sent for Christmas. He was nodding yes and no to questions. A couple weeks ago they put a passey muir device (speaking valve) in his trach and he said “yes, no, and hi”. They were getting ready to start him on speech therapy and occupational therapy. Things were finally looking up for him. But God needed another angel.
Services are pending at Freeman Family Funeral Homes in Morristown. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.
Slifer is best known for co-creating “The Main Man” Lobo alongside Keith Giffen during their run on Omega Men in the 80’s. He also worked on Batman #347 and the intro to Green Lantern/Green Arrow #1 (1983).
However, Slifer got his start as a member of the “CPL Gang”, a group of comic book enthusiasts (many of which later became comics professionals, including Roger Stern, Bob Layton, and John Byrne) who published a number of fanzines in the mid-1970s, including Contemporary Pictorial Literature (CPL) and Charlton Bullseye.
On June 23, 2012, Slifer was the victim of a hit-and-run accident while taking a walk in Santa Monica. The driver fled the scene and was never found. Due to severe 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.