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Inferno, Part 28
2000 A.D. Prog 63
6 May 78
This prog also featured Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Death Planet and M.A.C.H.1 strips and a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon.
The Complete Harlem Heroes.
Artie Gruber takes the late Dimples Devine's place on the Philadelphia Freaks team ready for their game against the Harlem Hellcats.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Dimples Devine.
The Harlem Hellcats are about to play the Philadelphia Freaks at home.
Giant shares a flat with Zack. They own a coffee-making robot. He has a nightmare about Artie Gruber.
He shares a flat with Giant. They own a coffee-making robot. He regards Dimples Devine as the Philadelphia Freak as "the guy to watch".
He swapped the ultra-violet ray with a laser blast beam on Dimples Devine's solar-bath bed. He seems to have dropped the Mister.
He likes lollipops. He plans to blow Artie Gruber to pieces while he is surrounded by Harlem Hellcats if he doesn't kill Giant.
Right-flank flier for the Philadelphia Freaks. Giant thinks he has a resemblance to Artie Gruber. He takes a lot of solar-baths, but is killed when Torso replaces his ultra-violet ray with a laser blast beam.
He has had cosmetic surgery to appear more like Dimples Devine and assumes his identity once Devine is dead. His brain is still unstable. He seems to have been fitted with an explosive device should he fail in his mission.
One. Dimples Devine lasered during his solar-bath.
Mr. Chubb (As Mr. Devine burns to death): "Torso, Mr. Devine does not look very well. You did a good job..."
Zack: "Say, that's the wildest Inferno I ever heard- but it gets results..."
Dimples Devine lets out an "Aaaaaaaaahieeeeeee!" as he burns to death on the roof.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Artie Gruber takes Dimples Devine's place in exactly the same way that he took Joe Mugglie's in Harlem Heroes.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Mr. Chubb has lollipops lined up in the last panel in a manner that reminds me of Kojak (1973).
Zack is decribed as "the 'babe' of the Harlem Hellcats", despite being at least a year older than Teejay, probably more.
From this part onwards, Inferno has outlasted Harlem Heroes.
Script: Tom Tully
Letters: Peter Knight
The artwork on the first page is fantastic and it's nice to get an insight into Giant and Zack's domestic life, but it's a criminal shame that Artie Gruber taking Dimples Devine's place is played exactly as it was with Joe Mugglie when there is absolutely no need. Giant has already noticed Dimples' somewhat unlikely resemblance to Gruber and so the reader could be forgiven for thinking that Artie was already in place, but instead he has surgery to look more like a man he already looks like. It stretches credulity unnecessarily, but still manages to be enjoyable.
Next Prog: Hellcats Vs Freaks