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Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer is in a medically induced coma following after being struck by a car early Saturday in Santa Monica, California, in a hit and run. The 57-year-old comics and animation writer is in critical condition in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, Slifer was in a crosswalk at about 1 a.m. when he was hit by an older white sedan traveling at 10 to 15 miles per hour. The writer’s friend Barry Dennis, who was with him at a restaurant earlier that evening, said the impact broke Slifer’s collar bone and shoulder; a portion of his skull had to be removed to relieve pressure on the brain.
“He is heavily sedated in an induced coma but they lightened the sedation a little bit this afternoon,” Slifer’s cousin Emma Slifer wrote Monday night in a Facebook post. “He also has a broken shoulder, collar bone and an unknown number of ribs, all on the left side. A feeding tube has been installed with an Ensure type nourishment. His intercranial pressure is within the range that they want.” Veteran editor Jim Salicrup is providing updates on his own Facebook page.
While police investigate the incident, Slifer’s friends have posted fliers in hopes of finding witnesses to the hit and run.
Slifer, who was a member of the CPL Gang alongside such future creators as Roger Stern, Bob Layton, John Byrne, Tony Isabella and Steven Grant, began working for Marvel in the mid-1970s and a writer and assistant editor before moving to DC Comics in 1981 as its first sales manager for the direct market. He also wrote Omega Men, for which he created the alien mercenary Lobo with Keith Giffen.
He later moved into animation, working for Sunbow Entertainment as a producer, story editor and writer on such series as Jem and the Holograms, Transformers and G.I. Joe Extreme. According to Dennis, Slifer was working on a new project at the time of Saturday’s incident.