Often characters within the superhero/science fiction genres who opt to take the path of heroics are forced to leave their original career paths behind them. They usually try to make the two intertwine but it usually comes with disastrous results. This isn’t the case for all characters though; some are able to make it work and create a marriage between their heroics and their first passions. Roadblock, one of G.I. Joes’ most prolific characters, is one of those who managed to be a hero without sacrificing what he loved to do most.
Before he was known as Roadblock, in his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi he went by the name of Marvin F. Hinton. Growing up, Marvin demonstrated a prowess within the kitchen. So much so, that he began making plans to achieve his dream of becoming a gourmet chef—the money he made as a bouncer was saved so he could attend the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in France. However, Marvin’s career path changed when an Army recruiter convinced him that he could learn to be a chef in the Army.
Once in the Army, naturally, Marvin found the food to be appalling. When he transferred to infantry it was found that he was extremely proficient in the use of heavy weaponry—he can carry a 134lb weapon as a personal weapon with ease. Once he joined the Special Counter-Terrorist Unit Delta better known as the G.I. Joes he took the codename Roadblock. While working with the Joes he proved his expertise with all manners of heavy weapons. In between missions, Roadblock indulged in creating culinary treats for the team; eventually making his secondary duty to the team as being the chef. When the Joes were temporarily disbanded, Roadblock fulfilled his dream of becoming a gourmet chef—publishing multiple best-selling books, having a television cooking show, and even having self-named cooking products. However, when the time came for the Joes to reassemble, Marvin happily returned to duty without a moment’s hesitation. That’s a true soldier.
Brandon Blackmon was born and raised in Clinton, NC. After high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology. He attended Pfeiffer University where he received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a licensed marriage and family therapist. Brandon is a proud blerd (Black nerd) and a firm advocate and believer that representation matters in all forms of media.