Harlem Heroes, Part 17 (according to Wikipedia, this is the second part of a strip also known as 'Gorgon's Gargoyles')
2000 A.D. Prog 17
18 June 77
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 16), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
The Harlem Heroes play Gorgon's Gargoyles. while Artie Gruber attempts to take his revenge.
FIRSTS & LASTS
The first strip to feature an aeroball match, but no air-strikes.
The flying scissors is an aeroball manouevre in which two players cross and one hands off the ball to the other.
The Gorgon's Gargoyles call themselves Da Bogeymen and others refers to them as the Gargs
The score so far is Harlem Heroes nil, Gorgon's Gargoyles nil.
He and Slim perform a flying scissors which cuts through the Gorgon's Gargoyles line.
He and Giant perform a flying scissors which cuts through the Gorgon's Gargoyles line, and Slim passes to Hairy.
He attempts an air-strike, but it's deflected by the Gorgon's Gargoyles Blocker who smashes his robotic arm in the process.
He is rattled by Gorgon's Gargoyles.
He has a detachable robotic right hand with retractable claws.
Presumably he has a robotic right hand as well.
PRETTY BOY FLOYD
He accurately kicks the ball almost the full length of the aerodrome and scores an air-strike. The umpire disallows it as cheating. His leg wasn't tuned down.
Slim: "Hit it first time, man. Wipe the smiles off their faces!"
Hairy: "Slim, if those guys are smiling...I'd hate to see them frowning!"
Pretty Boy Floyd: "I'm aimin' at the Harlem Score-Tank!"
None, but the Gargoyles do have a nice line in roars: "Graww!" and "Awwwgh!"
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
The Gorgons still look great, but it's odd that often they seem to be doing the job of the commentator: "Giant handed off to Slim! They worked a Flying Scissors!", "It's opened up our right flank..." and the worst offender has to be "I'm aimin' at the Harlem Score-Tank!" This strip feels a lot like stalling as Artie's revenge doesn't quite happen.
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