Harlem Heroes, Part 15 (according to Wikipedia, this is the fourth and final part of a strip also known as 'The Flying Scotsmen')
2000 A.D. Prog 15
4 June 77
4 (or 3 1/2)
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 16), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
Zack and Red go head-to-head in the sudden-death fly-off.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First strip since the Harlem Heroes appearance in the 2000 AD Summer Special 1977. Last appearance of the Flying Scotsmen.
The losing team in the highest scoring game qualifies for the next round of the World Aeroball Chamiponships.
The Harlem Heroes draw lots for the sudden-death fly-off with little dolls and whoever gets the skull-faced death's head doll takes part.
The final score is Flying Scotsmen 6, Harlem Heroes 7.
He and Slim catch a falling Zack.
He and Giant catch a falling Zack.
He draws the death's head doll and takes part in the sudden death fly off with Red Macardle, after initially struggling he scores an air-strike and the Harlem Heroes win the game.
He loses the sudden-death fly-off to Zack, despite trying to electrocute him on the score-tank's studs and throwing his hard hat at him and finds himself respecting the Harlem Heroes.
His boss flies a helicopter and finds the Harlem Heroes's fans cheering the Flying Scotsmen disgusting. Artie is given another chance.
Red: "I want tae shake the hand o' the wee hoolie who beat me at ma own game! If he's the 'babe' o' the team, the rest of ye must be made of Edinburgh granite!"
Hairy: "Giant, Zack ain't got a chance!"
Crikey, that's the spirit.
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 much better. It is refreshing to see that it's Zack, not Slim or Giant going up against Red. The action is easy to follow and the conflict between the two of them have a believable weight to it.
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