A Real American Hero comics continuity - Devil's Due
After Cobra has captured Alpine, Bazooka, Mutt and Rock 'n Roll at Old Clyde's, Cobra Commander calls for Big Boa to learn just how far the average G.I. Joe's tolerance for pain goes. He arrives just in time to find Bazooka getting free and blowing part of the place. Big Boa has the upper hand until Bazooka takes his helmet off and uses it to hit him on the face. (Homecoming (Part 2))
When Glenda, Hardball and Rampart track Big Boa and Asa Negra to a Cobra training center in Brazil, they find both Cobra members and their troops dead, and are soon ambushed by their murderers, the Red Shadows. (Union of the Snake (part 3))
Action Force (British) Comics continuity
Big Boas had ten years' experience of training Cobra Troopers and was supremely confident in his ability to subdue all opponents in physical combat. His boasts did not impress many, including Destro. When Jinx broke into the M.A.R.S. building Big Boa confronted her but was soon subdued.
Ballantine books continuity
|A Real American Hero (1987)
Big Boa was first released carded in 1987. He was also sold in 1988 and was discontinued domestically in 1989.
Appearance: white helmet with red visor and silver spikes and grill over face; no shirt; red spiked straps across chest; blue pants with red belt and black and red boots
Accessories: silver segmented airtube; two red boxing gloves with white Cobra emblems; brown punching bag reading "JOE" on black pole with detachable, circular black stand.
|Figure Subscription Service (2013)
Appearance: off-white helmet with red visor and silver spikes and grill over face; no shirt; blue pants with black kneepads; red belt and black and red boots; blue gloves
Accessories: two red boxing gloves with white Cobra emblems; red straps with silver spikes and buckle; grey sledgehammer; grey dumbbell; grey pugil stick; blue head guard.
- Big Boa originally was going to have a rivalry with Rocky Balboa from the Rocky movies; Hasbro was working on a deal to make the Italian Stallion a G.I. Joe member. However, the toy company and actor/director Sylvester Stallone never came to an agreement, so the Rocky figure idea was scrapped. Nevertheless, Big Boa still got his release.
- Working names included "Snake Charmer" and "Big Bad."