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Stephen (Steve) J. Perry (December 12, 1954 – May, 2010)[1][2] was an American writer of animated cartoons and comic books.


Perry wrote for the Thundercats and Silverhawks television shows in the 1980s, as well as the comic book series Timespirits and ThunderCats, among others.

In 2008 Perry was diagnosed with bladder cancer which was operated on, but reemerged in the midst of financial troubles which prompted the help of The Hero Initiative.[3][4] His profile on Facebook reads, "I discovered, a year ago, I had cancer when I walked into an Emergency Room with no insurance or no doctor. They removed a tumor, kicked me out after five days, and now the cancer is back. Thanks to the Hero Initiative, I survived long enough to get Medicaid and welfare, and now have Doctors, and can get the follow up care to try and survive the return of the cancer."[5]

Perry released a statement in praise of the help he received from The Hero Initiative which stated, "The Initiative gave me the breathing room to get some Medicaid and food stamps, and while we are always in danger of losing our home, electricity and belongings at any moment, I will always be grateful from the depths of my heart for the past six months of fairly solid home life I have had with my little boy."[3][4]

Spurred on by Steve Bissette's plea to help his friend, fellow writer Elizabeth Massie headed a fundraiser for Perry on Facebook with the help of writer Laura Anne Gilman, and Horror World which started on May 3, 2010, and raised $1,140 by May 14. By the end of that fundraiser, it had been a few days since friends or family had heard from Perry.


According to news reports, Stephen Perry and his roommates, Roxanne and James Davis, disappeared from their home in Zephyrhills, Florida in May 2010, with the last sighting of him being on May 9.[1] The Davises were arrested on May 21 on "probation and drug charges". In the parking lot of a Tampa, Florida motel on May 16, police found a severed arm in a van registered to Perry following complaints of a foul smell.[6]

Over two weeks went by without public confirmation of his death, and on May 27, the Zephyrhills police confirmed that Steve Perry was the victim of a homicide.[1] The police have also been investigating whether there is a connection with a $10 million winning lottery ticket that was bought at a nearby store just before Perry disappeared.[7]

James Davis was eventually charged with first-degree murder in July 2010, although not all of Perry's remains had been found at that time.[8]

Other reports include:



  • Silverhawks #1, Star Comics (Aug. 1987)
  • Thundercats #14, 16, 19, Star Comics (1987–1988)[12]
  • Timespirits, 8-issue series (1984–1986)[13]
  • Kultz, in Epic Illustrated #6 (June 1981)[14]
  • Not Yeti, Abyss (1976)[15]
  • Salimba 3-D, 2-part series (Aug-Sep 1986)[13]
  • Incunabula, Abyss (1976)[16]
  • A Frog is a Frog, Bizarre Adventures #31 (Apr. 1982)[13]
  • The Saurian Remains, Amazing High Adventure #4 (Nov. 1986)[13]
  • Psi Force #1-2 Marvel Comics (1986)[13]
  • The Dump Man, Creepy No. 1 (Jun. 1985)[13]
  • A Base and Nasal Hunger, in Creepy #1 (Jun. 1985)[13]
  • The Ballad of Hardcase Bradley, Vanguard Illustrated #7 (Jul. 1984)[13]
  • A Change of Mind, in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 (Nov. 1984)[13]
  • Noman, in T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #3-4 (Nov. 1985 - Feb. 1986)[13]

Television animation



  • "Darkbird"[12]
  • "Fantascreen"[12]
  • "Limbo Gold Rush"[12]
  • "The Bounty Hunter Returns"[12]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Altman, Howard (May 27, 2010). "Police: Missing Zephyrhills comic writer is victim of homicide". Tampa Bay Online. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  2. Phegley, Kiel (May 28, 2010). "R.I.P. Stephen Perry". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Home". The Hero Initiative. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Steve Perry speaks about Hero Initiative". YouTube. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  5. "Profile for Steve Perry". Facebook.!/profile.php?id=100000925942545&ref=sgm. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  6. Mulaire, Shannon (May 24, 2010). "Woman, two men missing for several days". My Fox Tampa Bay. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  7. Linton-Smith, Peter (June 10, 2010). "Did missing man win the lottery?". My Fox Tampa Bay. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  8. Yee, Vivian (July 8, 2010). "Roommate arrested in slaying of comic book writer". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
  9. Bissette, Stephen R. (May 22, 2010). "Steve Perry; Part 1". Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  10. Melrose, Kevin (May 22, 2010). "ThunderCats writer Stephen Perry missing after grisly discovery [Updated]". Robot6. Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  11. Lamar, Cyriaque (May 23, 2010). "Thundercats writer Stephen Perry missing in Florida". io9. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 Boyd, Thad (May 22, 2010). "Steve Perry; Part 1". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 Bissette, Stephen R. (May 22, 2010). "Steve Perry; Part 1". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  14. Bissette, Stephen R. (May 22, 2010). "Steve Perry; Part 4". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Bissette, Stephen R. (May 26, 2010). "Steve Perry; Part 3". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  16. Bissette, Stephen R. (May 23, 2010). "Steve Perry; Part 2". Retrieved June 1, 2010.


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