Saturday, 16 February 2013

Harlem Heroes, Part 17

NAME
Harlem Heroes, Part 17 (according to Wikipedia, this is the second part of a strip also known as 'Gorgon's Gargoyles')

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 17

DATELINE
18 June 77

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 16), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
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.

INFORMATION
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.

GIANT
He and Slim perform a flying scissors which cuts through the Gorgon's Gargoyles line.

SLIM
He and Giant perform a flying scissors which cuts through the Gorgon's Gargoyles line, and Slim passes to Hairy.

HAIRY
He attempts an air-strike, but it's deflected by the Gorgon's Gargoyles Blocker who smashes his robotic arm in the process.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CHICO
He is rattled by Gorgon's Gargoyles.

ARTIE GRUBER
He has a detachable robotic right hand with retractable claws.

MUGGLIE
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.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
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!"

WORST LINES
Pretty Boy Floyd: "I'm aimin' at the Harlem Score-Tank!"

Well, yeah.

CATCHPHRASES
None, but the Gargoyles do have a nice line in roars: "Graww!" and "Awwwgh!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
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

REVIEW
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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