Monday, 25 February 2013

Harlem Heroes, Part 26

NAME
Harlem Heroes, Part 26 (according to Wikipedia, this is the second part of a strip also known as 'The Teutonic Titans')

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 26

DATELINE
20 Aug 77

PAGE COUNT
4

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

SYNOPSIS
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.

INFORMATION
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.

GIANT
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.

HAIRY
He is hit in the abdomen by an aeroball travelling at speed.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ULYSSES CORD
He expects the Harlem Heroes jet-packs to fail and in particular Giant's to explode.

SAM MASON
Harlem Heroes player who finds himself in the middle of a Teutonic Titans sandwich tackle. Sam also sustains an injury to his arm.

JOE JAMES
Harlem Heroes player who is hit in the chin with a ball as it bounces off a Teutonic Titans shield.


KARL
Teutonic Titans player.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Commentator: "A sandwich tackle...and the filling was provided by Sam Mason!"

WORST LINES
Ulysses Cord: "Huuuuh? Th-that...smoke-rising from your jet-pack..!...It's...going to explode..!"

Well, I think your cover is officially blown.

CATCHPHRASES
"Gott in Himmel!" means God in Heaven.

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: Peter Knight

REVIEW
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