Harlem Heroes, Part 11
(according to Wikipedia, this is the third and final part of a strip also known as The Montezuma Mashers (sic))
2000 A.D. Prog 11
07 May 77
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 15), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
Artie Gruber returns and injures Sammy, which inspires the Harlem Heroes to play harder than before.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Sammy.
Certain shoulder checks are permitted in aeroball.
After Sammy's injury, the Harlem Heroes played on with six players and in the process injured several opposition players. At one point there were only four Montezuma's Mashers in the air. Final score: Harlem Heroes 12, Montezuma's Mashers 0
Gruber's voice is familiar to him. Giant scores at least one air-strike. He makes a speech for the Tri-Vision cameras just after the time-up buzzer ends the game.
He scores at least one air-strike.
He throws the aeroball at Gruber's face.
He steals a jetpack from the Montezuma's Mashers pit and escapes through the roof of the aerodrome.
Gruber punches him in the face and although he receives medical attention it damaged his brain and ended his aeroball career.
Montezuma's Mashers Number 3: "N-now take it easy, you guys! We had nothing to do with what happened just now!"
Zack: "How's this, lady?"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following are taken from Barney.
Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Letters: Dave Gibbons
This is great. It's a shame that Sammy hasn't been fleshed out as a character before he's written out of the strip. He never even uttered a word. It would surely have had more impact on the reader to lose a more established character. The impact on the Heroes is well realised and the conspiracy against them seems to be shaping up nicely.
As long as the mystery villain isn't Ulysses Cord...
Will The Mystery Villain Get His Way? Or Can The Heroes Rule O.K?