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The Slugger is a self-propelled 175mm artillery piece, based on the US M107 175mm self propelled howitzer. The Slugger's maximum range is 35 miles. It has a .30 caliber machine gun for self defense. It weighs 29 tons and has a maximum road speed of 40 miles per hour.
The G.I. Joe Slugger was a straight cut power house piece of modern artillery that never really had a place in the G.I. Joe universe. The Large Barrel and the brace scoop in the back screamed explosive potential exceeding that of anything built in its time. Thunder was the perfect match for the equipment he piloted. The darkened visor and large muffler headset proclaimed the volume of which the Slugger poured out its wrath upon the enemy. Together they would live in obscurity hanging out in the motor pool waiting on that perfect mission that would allow them to unleash their bottled up destruction and divided they would fall, the slugger forgotten and Thunder hailed as a Real American Hero.
First and only appearance of the Slugger was in
The Final appearance of Thunder in Marvel comics was in issue 109 while on a mission in Benzheen to stop Cobra Commander from taking over the oil fields, Thunder was captured by Tomax and Xamot where he was unceramoniously thrown in a pit with seven other Joes. Due to a misunderstood order made by Cobra Commander, a saw viper proceeded to eliminate them using a chain fed high powered rifle. Thunder was shot in the back and died while sheilding Duke with his own body.
The Slugger was introduced in the U.S. in 1984 featuring a green camoflage paint scheme and solid dark green movable parts consisting of, raisable cannon, engine trap door, swivle pilots hatch, and brace scoop. The Thunder action figure was included in the package along with a mounted machine gun, range scope, and removable helmet with radio headphones and black visor.