Harlem Heroes, Part 26 (according to Wikipedia, this is the second part of a strip also known as 'The Teutonic Titans')
2000 A.D. Prog 26
20 Aug 77
Sam Slade Robo-Hunter (Volume 2, Issue 19), 2000AD Extreme Edition 13 and The Complete Harlem Heroes.
The Harlem Heroes play the Teutonic Titans and discover they play rough, while Ulysses Cord waits for Giant's jet-pack to explode.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First letters by Peter Knight.
The Teutonic Titans carry shields which they use to hit both the ball and the other team alike.
The half time score of the final of the World Championship of Aeroball is Teutonic Titans 1, Harlem Heroes 1.
He pretends his jet-pack is faulty, that he is about to crash and then scores an air-strike. When Ulysses Cord runs away from his fearing his jet-pack might explode Giant decides they should both die together.
He is hit in the abdomen by an aeroball travelling at speed.
He expects the Harlem Heroes jet-packs to fail and in particular Giant's to explode.
Harlem Heroes player who finds himself in the middle of a Teutonic Titans sandwich tackle. Sam also sustains an injury to his arm.
Harlem Heroes player who is hit in the chin with a ball as it bounces off a Teutonic Titans shield.
Teutonic Titans player.
Commentator: "A sandwich tackle...and the filling was provided by Sam Mason!"
Ulysses Cord: "Huuuuh? Th-that...smoke-rising from your jet-pack..!...It's...going to explode..!"
Well, I think your cover is officially blown.
"Gott in Himmel!" means God in Heaven.
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: Massimo Belardinelli
Letters: Peter Knight
The penultimate part of Harlem Heroes gives no indication that we are nearly at the end. The violence quotient shoots up, but at times ther action is less than clear. The geography of what happens to Hairy isn't as straight-forward as it could be and the new players are introduced as if we already knew who they were, but the cliffhanger is quite a nice one.
End Of Sequence + + + Continuance To Follow