Happy Sam Sawyer
|Happy Sam Sawyer|
|First appearance||Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos #1 (May 1963)|
|Created by||Stan Lee (writer)|
Jack Kirby (artist)
|Alter ego||Samuel Sawyer|
|Team affiliations||Howling Commandos|
United States Army
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General Samuel "Happy Sam" Sawyer is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. His first appearance was in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1.
Sawyer first appeared in Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos #1, and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Fictional character biography
Happy Sam Sawyer was assigned to the British Commandos by the U.S. Army. He was trained in parachuting in Britain in 1940 by Finley's FlyingCircus, which comprised daredevil parachutist Nick Fury and pilot Red Hargrove,s where they nicknamed him Happy Sa,m ironically, because of his deadly serious and consistently stony demeanor. In 1942, Sawyer, who had been wounded in North Africa and was deemed unfit for combat missions, organised and led the Howling Commandos, Bull McGiveney's Maulers, Jim Morita's Nisei Squad, and Sgt Bob Jenkin's The Missouri Marauders, as well as the Deadly Dozen. When artist John Severin joined Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos with issue #44, Severin drew Sawyer as being much older and balder than his original depiction as a young man.
In a Sgt Fury annual set in the Korean War, Sawyer was a Colonel, in another annual set in the Vietnam War, Sawyer was a full general.
In modern times, Baron Strucker created an LMD of Sawyer that attacked the original Howling Commandos as well as Captain America. Sawyer would sacrifice himself when the LMD detonated itself while trying to gain missile navigation override codes.
In the wake of his death, a S.H.I.E.L.D. assault Helicarrier has been named in his honor in the mini-series Iron Man: Hypervelocity. There is also a Samuel J. Sawyer Memorial Veterans Hospital.
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In other media
Happy Sam Sawyer appears in the X-Men episode "Old Soldiers," voiced by Lorne Kennedy.
Corporal "Happy Sam" Sawyer appears in the Agent Carter episode "The Iron Ceiling", portrayed by Leonard Roberts. This version is African-American, and is among the soldiers that assist Peggy Carter, Jack Thompson, and Dum Dum Dugan in raiding a Russian military complex that was going to sell stolen weapons to Leviathan.
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Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos
Dum Dum Dugan
Nick Fury's Howling Commandos
Combat Kelly and the Deadly Dozen
Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.
List of Nick Fury comics
Sgt. Fury & his Howling Commandos: Shotgun Opera
- ^ Heritage Comics and Comic Art Auction #7027. Heritage Capital Corporation. October 2010. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-59967-501-5. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- ^ Blitzkrieg Sgt Fury and his Howling Commandos #34
- ^ Captain America #274
- ^ Iron Man: Hypervelocity #3, May 2007
- ^ Young Allies 70th anniversary Special
- ^ Marvel.com (January 16, 2015). "DEBRIEFING MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER: THE IRON CEILING". Marvel. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
- ^ Leto, Peter (director); Jose Molina (writer) (February 3, 2015). "The Iron Ceiling". Marvel's Agent Carter. Season 1. Episode 5. ABC.
- Sam Sawyer at The Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Happy Sam Sawyer at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)
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