Harlem Heroes, Part 21
(according to Wikipedia, this is the sixth and final part of a strip also known as 'Gorgon's Gargoyles', although it also states that it is a 5 part story)
2000 A.D. Prog 21
16 July 77
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 18), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
With Artie Gruber unmasked, the rest of Gorgon's Gargoyles turn on him.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of Gorgon's Gargoyles aeroball team, first appearance of the Bushido Blades
A magnum grenade creates a huge explosion.
Gorgon Stadium has stadium police and is near a crematorium.
The umpire abandoned the game between the Harlem Heroes and Gorgon's Gargoyles.
Harlem Heroes have drawn the Tokyo-based Bushido Blades in the next round of the World Aeroball Championship.
He has suspicions that Gruber was being manipulated by someone else.
He throws a ball at Artie Gruber's face causing him to drop the grenade and damaging his nu-skin disguise.
Zack throws an aeroball at his nu-skin disguise and it disintegrates revealing his true identity. Gorgon's Gargoyles turn on him, huddle around him and as a group crash into the audience seating. He is presumed dead and is sent to a nearby crematorium, but he has a weak pulse and major damage to his computronic systems. The surgeons give him a cardiac boost by remote and he is revived again. He breaks out of the crematorium and heads for a control-van outside the stadium.
Owner of Gorgon's Gargoyles.
Potentially six. Gorgon's Gargoyles deliberately crash at full speed and do not walk away from it, but Mr Gorgon implies that he can rebuild them.
Mr Gorgon: "Why, those...crazy androids! They're gonna cost me a small fortune in spare parts!"
Artie Gruber: "Artie Kill!"
Gorgon's Gargoyles grunts "Awwrgh!", "Gnaaagh!" and whilst exploding "Eeeegh!"
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
It seems a little odd that a strip that deals with two big revelations dramatically undermines them both. The physically unmasking of Artie Gruber is hampered by his identity becoming common knowledge last week, while his subsequent resurrection could have been something the reader knew that the Heroes didn't. The cliffhanger cannot compete with the Artie story. That said the other Gorgon's Gargoyles players turning on Artie is great.
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