Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Inferno, Part 34

NAME
Inferno, Part 34

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 69

DATELINE
17 June 78

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

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
The Complete Harlem Heroes.

SYNOPSIS
An Artie Gruber in agony takes it out on his masters.

FIRSTS & LASTS
This is the last five page Inferno strip.

INFORMATION
Artificial waterways are fitted with pollution-filters.

The Harlem Hellcats' Firebowl overlooks an artificial waterway.

GIANT
He has been doused with jet-pack fuel by Artie Gruber, but Louis prevents it from being lit.

LOUIS MAYER
He can channel his brain-power into the aerial in his left arm and increase the strength of the signal he was intercepting. Louis activates the discipline-cell implanted in Artie's brain causing him great pain.


OTHER CHARACTERS
ARTIE GRUBER
Just as he is about to set Giant alight with his jet-pack, Louis Mayer activate the discipline-cell in Gruber's brain and causes him agony. Gruber assumes Chubb and Torso are responsible and attacks and kills them. He is shot by a member of the stadium police and enveloped in flame. He smashes through a window and flies into a neighbouring waterway. His body isn't found.

MR. CHUBB & MR. TORSO
Artie Gruber attacks and kills them.

DEATHS
Two. Gruber kills Mr. Chubb and Torso with a power-bat.

BEST LINES
Louis Mayer (about Artie Gruber's discipline-cell): "But it only works up to a point...as long as you don't exceed a certain threshold of pain...because then the victim is apt to hit back!"

WORST LINES
Artie Gruber (on fire): "Oh, no! Nnnnnoooo..! Not again..."

I agree.

CATCHPHRASES
The phrase "Jumpin' Jupiter" has catchphrase written all over it.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

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

REVIEW
The artwork of Artie Gruber is fantastic throughout and the story flows very well, but the cliffhanger is a bit of a damp squib: Zack thinks the Harlem Hellcats troubles are over, but it's possible that they might not be...

Next Prog: The Return Of Gruber..?