Harlem Heroes, Part 22
(according to Wikipedia, this is the first part of a strip also known as 'The Bushido Blades')
2000 A.D. Prog 22
23 July 77
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 18), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
The Harlem Heroes play the Bushido Blades.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First and last strip to feature work by Unknown.
Tokyo has at least five airports.
Aeroballs are filled with helium and are launched at a hundred miles per hour during the blast off. Rule change 30 allows the use of wooden implements to hit the ball. The Japanese version of aeroball only has one score-hole.
The Bushido Blades play their home games at The Palace of Sport in Tokyo. They dress like Samurai warriors and carry wooden Kendo swords during the Aeroball matches.
He is appalled when Ulysses Cord attempts to bribe the Harlem Heroes.
He is apparently mrried and has an ugly mother-in-law. He takes the blast off for the Harlem Heroes.
He attempts to bribe the Harlem Heroes into using spike punch gloves and helmets. Giant refuses.
He is the captain of the Bushido Blades.
Bushido Blades Fan: "Death to the upstarts of Harlem!"
I don't know why I love that line.
Unidentified Harlem Hero: "Uhuh, I sure hope we've seen the last of that crazy killer."
Well, obviously you do.
Hojo gives us a "Banzai!" Also the word Japs is used five times, while not out of place in a comic set in World War II (or possibly sadly 1977), it's an unfortunate part of the vocabulary for circa 2050.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Samurai cinema, such as Rashomon (1950), Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961).
Why would there be multiple versions of aeroball played within a single World Championship? It seems unlikely that house rules would be permitted.
The first line is "Tokyo's fifth airport, 2,000 A.D.", the year cannot be "2,000 A.D." since the Trans-Atlantic Tunnel was finished in 2050. Presumably "Tokyo's fifth airport, 2,000 A.D." means that Tokyo's fifth airport is called 2,000 A.D., and maybe named after the year it was built or maybe even a certain comic.
In 1981, there was a film called The Bushido Blade. I don't think it features jet-packs.
Bushido means "the way of the warrior" in Japanese.
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following are taken from Barney.
Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Dave Gibbons & Unknown
Letters: Dave Gibbons & Unknown
This part ticks along nicely and the last page is beautiful, but the cliffhanger isn't particularly thrilling. The conspiracy subplot is parked somewhat and as long as Ulysses Cord isn't the shadowy figure behind Artie Gruber this is going to build to something great.
Here Comes The Heroes + + + Fighters To The Last
Don't Miss Our Next
Don't Miss Our Next Post + + + The Flyin's Hard 'N' Fast.