Friday, 12 April 2013

Inferno, Part 30

NAME
Inferno, Part 30

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 65

DATELINE
20 May 78

This prog also featured Dan Dare, Judge Dredd, Death Planet and M.A.C.H.0 strips and a M.A.C.H.0 cover by Ramon Sola.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
Artie Gruber's attempt on Giant's life backfires with fatal consequences for someone else.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First real appearance of Cindy Lamont.

INFORMATION
Presumably there is nothing in the rules of Inferno to preclude co-ed teams.

GIANT
He is nearly killed by Artie Gruber's white heat ball, but is pushed out of the way by Wagner.

ZACK
He has his doubts about Cindy's abilities.

LOUIS MAYER
He is a substitute.

REGAL EEGLE
He is hit by the Inferno ball whilst it is in white heat and killed.


MARVIN BLOO
He is a substitute.

OTHER CHARACTERS
ARTIE GRUBER
He is apparently stronger than the late Dimples Devine. He throws an Inferno ball at Giant, but throws it hard enough to make it go into white heat.

WAGNER
He plays for the Philadelphia Freaks. He saves Giant's life, pushing him out of the way of Artie Gruber's white heat Inferno ball.

CINDY LAMONT
A former cheer-leader she offers to replace Regal Eegle after his death and Giant accepts. She says that Hale Eegle meant a lot to her.

DEATHS
One. Regal Eegle hit by Artie Gruber's white heat ball.

BEST LINES
Chubb: "Artie, you'd better go and apologise to the Hellcats about Eegle! People might get...suspicious if you don't show a little remorse!"
Artie: "Yehhhhh, right! I...oughta feel...sorry for da guy..!"

WORST LINES
Artie: "Hey, you guys...I sure am sorry about Eegle! Give my right arm if it would..."

CATCHPHRASES
The commentator and a match official give us another "Holy Inferno" each.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Presumably Cindy Lamont was also in Part 13 and posssibly 14 as well, but she isn't mentioned by name.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Louis Mayer had to be listed as a substitute to play in Part 22, but here Cindy just decides she's going to play.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Tom Tully
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
Regal Eegle's death is oddly undramatic and the cliffhanger is hugely unimpressive, but Artie Gruber and the Philadelphia Freaks still manage to entertain.

Next Prog: Gruber Goes Wild!