Real Name: Sergeant First Class Marvin F. Hinton
First Appearance: G.I. JOE #22 (1984)
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Growing up in the South, Roadblock was not known for being tough. As a child, he was both a member of his church choir and a boy scout. But what surprises people most about Roadblock is learning that he dreamed of becoming a gourmet chef. He was working as a bouncer -- an easy job thanks to his immense size -- to earn money to attend the Escoffier School in France when an Army recruiter convinced him the Army could train him to be a chef. He joined, but found Army cuisine to be appalling. Even so, he took well to Army life and transferred to the infantry. Roadblock became an expert with the M-2 Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun, a weapon that few soldiers could even lift. His expertise led him to a spot on the G.I. Joe team.
Roadblock joined the Joe team in 1984, making his first appearance at the funeral of the Joes' commander, General Flagg. Cobra Commander sent a Cobra Rattler jet to buzz the proceedings to test out its capabilities. As the jet approached, Duke and Roadblock appeared and shot the Rattler out of the sky with their firearms. On his first assignment, Roadblock was part of a team of Joes sent to track Major Bludd and the Baroness through Europe after Bludd brought the injured Baroness to a renowned hospital in Bern, Switzerland. As the other Joes kept the hospital under surveillance, Duke and Roadblock set up a makeshift command post in a sidewalk cafe. While Duke kept in contact with the Joes, Roadblock found time to criticize the restaurant's cuisine, and did so again after following the Cobras to Lucca, Italy. After a brief battle, Roadblock and Clutch captured Cobra Commander. Duke, Roadblock and a small group of Joes brought the Commander to a remote plateau and set up a temporary base to hold him there. Unfortunately, the Commander escaped with the help of Storm Shadow, but Roadblock and Gung-Ho managed to stop the ninja. Some time later, Roadblock and a team of Joes battled Cobra agents in the Florida Everglades. Roadblock played a major role in the Joe team from his arrival until the team was disbanded. His good nature, his sense of honor and loyalty, and his prowess on the battlefield made him one of the team's most vital members.
After the Joe team was shut down, Roadblock left the military to once again pursue a career as a chef. In the years since then, he became somewhat of a celebrity, authoring a number of books. In 2001, the G.I. Joe Team was reinstated by the government in reponse to Cobra's return to the United States. Duke brought in many of the older Joes to help train and lead a batch of new recruits and Roadblock became one of the team's highest ranking field commanders. He took part in a number of missions including the battle against Cobra troops in Washington, D.C. and the fight against a Cobra BAT rampaging through downtown Chicago. He also took some time out from his duties on the Joe team to start his own cooking show on cable television in California called "Kiss Your Mama Home Cooking". When the network's parent company -- owned by Tomax and Xamot's Extensive Enterprises -- decided to close down the show, a group of Dreadnoks attacked Roadblock during the show. He eventually defeated them and also helped boost the ratings for his show, which was renamed "Cooking with Kung-Fu Grip". Roadblock later returned to the Joes and was part of a convoy of vehicles escorting a group of young children who turned out to be clones of the original Serpentor. The Joes' convoy of vehicles was unexpectedly attacked by the forces of the revived Serpentor, known at The Coil. The main vehicle was torn to pieces and Serpentor arrived to liberate his brothers inside. When new Joe recruit Daemon tried to stop him, the former Cobra Emperor grabbed him by the throat and snapped his neck, killing him; as Roadblock and Daemon's friend Firewall looked on in shock. As she mourned the loss of her friend, Firewall looked to Roadblock for support, seeing him as a kind of big brother. The remaining Joes were taken prisoner and held on Cobra Island until an invasion force arrived to battle The Coil. The battle was won, and the Joes headed home, later having a ceremony for their lost teammates.
Submitted by Damon Ruffin - firstname.lastname@example.org