Sunday, 24 February 2013

Harlem Heroes, Part 25

NAME
Harlem Heroes, Part 25 (according to Wikipedia, this is the first part of a strip also known as 'The Teutonic Titans')

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 25

DATELINE
13 Aug 77

PAGE COUNT
3

REPRINTS
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 19), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
The Harlem Heroes discover who they will be playing in the final, lose and replace their equipment and decide to keep Ulysses Cord where they can see him.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First art by Massimo Belardinelli, first appearance of the Teutonic Titans.

INFORMATION
The Teutonic Titans from Germany beat a Spanish team in the semi-final of the World Aeroball Championship. The final is due to take place at the new Euro-Stadium.


Someone steals all the jet-pack Harlem Heroes store room. The new replacements have an extra ten per cent more "burn" and perfect mid-air balance.

GIANT
He appeals to Ulysses Cord to replace the stolen jet-packs.

OTHER CHARACTERS
LOUIS MAYER
He is convinced that Ulysses Cord is behind the attempts on the lives of the Harlem Heroes.

ARTIE GRUBER
His identity is not yet known to the general public.

ULYSSES CORD
He replaces the stolen Harlem Heroes jet-packs within an hour of Giant's appeal. The new equipment has been sabotaged. Cord accepts Giant's invitation to join the team to the final as an honoured guest.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Giant: "If Mr. Cord is watching this broadcast, I'm sure we'll have a whole set of new equipment within the hour!"

WORST LINES
Unidentified Harlem Hero (at the sight of the new Euro-Stadium): "Man, I can't wait to start playin' in that baby!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

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: Massimo Belardinelli
Letters: John Aldrich

REVIEW
Massimo Belardinelli's artwork is wonderful, but it's a shame that Dave Gibbons didn't get to finish what he started. This part bucks the trend and features no 'live' aeroball and is largely exposition, but it does have a cliffhanger with some jeopardy which we've been missing out on for a while.

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