Harlem Heroes, Part 5 (according to Wikipedia, this is the fourth and final part of a strip also known as The Baltimore Bulls)
2000 A.D. Prog 5
26 Mar 77
2000AD Annual 1983, Robo-Hunter 3, Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 13), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
The revelation that someone tried to kill the Harlem Heroes invigorates the team in the second half of their game with the Baltimore Bulls.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First strip to open with a double page spread, first four page strip and the first victory for the new team.
The ball can bounce off the rebound pads and remain in play, there is one on the starboard side (and presumably one on the port side as well, why they are using naval terms is unclear). An air-switch is a sneak pass.
Trans-World Networks recently paid a hundred million dollars for the world Tri-Vision rights to broadcast Aeroball. GTV broadcast interviews about Aeroball.
The Harlem Heroes play their home games at the Harlem Aero-drome. They win the game with six air-strikes, to the Baltimore Bulls one. The team are due to play the Siberian Wolves in Moscow in the next/first round of the world championships. Ulyssess Cord gives the Harlem Heroes' new superliner has a swim pool, gymnasium, canteen, sauna, tactics, first aid, dormitory, hangar, reactor room and a helicopter.
He scores at least one air-strike, with King's assistance. Giant is suspicious of Ulysses Cord's generosity.
He scores at least one air-strike, with Zack's assistance.
He blocks three Baltimore Bulls at once.
He presumes his life is threatened as much as those in the crash (he's right, but there hasn't been an attempt on his life).
He gets karate chopped to the back of the neck by a Baltimore Bull.
He is well enough to go on tour with Harlem Heroes.
He scores at least one air-strike.
He is the head of Trans-World Networks. He buys the Harlem Heroes a new superliner on the proviso that they win the world championships for America.
King: "What kind of heel would want to rub out us Heroes? And why?"
Giant: "We'll know more when we talk to Louis. He's well enough to come on tour with us!"
Is he going to be the ball?
Unidentified Harlem Hero: "...And lookit this chopper! It's got our emblem on it! Nifty!"
Giant, Slim and Zack's collective "?" is very odd as well.
Fans: "Upwards Harlem Heroes, zooming on to score, Fly that big 'H' symbol, slaughter Baltimore"
Another rhyme, presumably sung to the tune of 'Onward Christian Soldiers'
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
One of the Harlem Heroes talks about the Trans-Atlantic Tunnel also mentioned in Judge Dredd's 'Robots' and implied in 'Dream Palace'.
Maybe I missed something but I thought the Baltimore Bulls was the first round of the world championships, but Ulysses says the Siberian Wolves would be.
It seems odd that you can't kick your opponent's neck, but you can karate chop it.
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 a fool I was. I completely misunderstood Louis' thinking. Breaking bad news midway through a game seemed like madness, but look at the results. It's inspired them to beat the Baltimore Bulls. Not just beat them, but batter them as well. The opening two page spread is great with the action unfolding and the crowd's reactions underneath. The scenes after the game show Giant's unease very nicely.
The Heroes Bus'll Speed Through Rain Or Fog,
Their Exciting Tale Goes On Next Post!