Harlem Heroes, Part 20 (according to Wikipedia, this is the fifth and penultimate part of a strip also known as 'Gorgon's Gargoyles', although to be fair it also states that this is a 5 part story)
2000 A.D. Prog 20
9 July 77
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 17), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
Louis returns to get the Harlem Haroes back on track and Artie Gruber is revealed.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First hint that Louis Mayer's brain has special powers.
When set to auto drive, computer cars drive themselves and leave the occupants free to concentrate on something else, such as watching television.
When told one of the Gorgon's Gargoyles is not an android, Giant suspects that Joe Mugglie is Artie Gruber in disguise and reveals the fact to his teammates.
He and Giant play a trick on Artie Gruber to force him to reveal he isn't Joe Mugglie.
He is no longer confined to his life-support trolley, instead scientists have connected his brain to a power source and jet-pack like apparatus and now he can fly the self-propulsion unit simply by thinking about where he wants it to go. His nurse still accompanies him. He is appalled to see the Harlem Heroes fighting amongst themselves. He can also detect a heartbeat and therefore knows one of Gorgon's Gargoyles is pretending to be an android.
Louis can detect his heartbeat. Giant tricks him into revealing he isn't really Joe Mugglie and he pulls out a bomb.
Umpire: "Now perhaps we can restore some sanity to this game!"
Yes, this game with jet-packs, robots, three fatalities and a flying brain.
Unknown: "It...it looks like a bomb!"
Yes, it does.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
We finally get confirmation that Artie Gruber killed Joe Mugglie in Part 16.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The umpire asks "what in Sam Hill is going on...?" Sam Hill is a slang phrase in American English which is a euphemism for "the devil" or "hell" personified. Etymologists date the expression back to the late 1830s, but with an unknown origin.
TVs in cars and autonomous cars that drive themselves are both concepts that were pure science-fiction in 1977, but exist today.
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
What's the score? Who cares? It's good to Louis back and the reveal of Artie Gruber dealt with. These three page strips are surprisingly satisfying, could it be that they reveal the padding in earlier instalments?
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