Sunday, 30 June 2013

Flesh: Book One, Part 2

NAME
Flesh: Book 1, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 2

DATELINE
05 Mar 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1982, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.04, Spellbinders 13 and Flesh: The Dino Files.

SYNOPSIS
After a visit to the Flesh processing facility, Joe is attacked by a Pterandon.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of the Fleshdozer.

INFORMATION
Dinosaurs are humanely stunned before they are dropped into the fleshdozer and turned into pre-packaged Flesh. Trans-Time rangers use spotter planes and air buggies, and are armed with power-assisted lassoes, blaster guns and electric goads. Alamosaurus are referred to by the nickname 'pinheads'.


EARL REAGAN
He is still impressed by the time travel device which sends the Flesh to the 23rd Century.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JOE BRONTOWSKI
He is attacked by a Pteranodon.

HUCK
Trans-Time Corporation employee. He is killed by a falling Styracosaur corpse.

DEATHS
Three. Huck is killed by a falling Styracosaur. The Styracosaur and Huck's friend are dropped into the Fleshdozer alive.

BEST LINES
Joe: "Carved up by the Fleshdozer! What away to go, boss!"
Reagan: "Yeah! He'll be turned into pre-packaged Flesh just like the Styracosaur."

WORST LINES
Joe: "It's gone!"
Reagan: "To the twenty-third century, where we comes from. Seen it happen a thousand time before - but it's still a miracle to a simple ranger like me."

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The use of the words beamed and energise to describe teleportation recalls the transporter from Star Trek (1966-1969), although it wasn't used for time travel.

Alamosaurus was a quadruped herbivore and the largest known dinosaur from North America. Pteranodon is a genus of pterosaurs found across North America which included some of the largest known flying reptiles (wingspans over 6 metres). Both lived in the late Cretaceous Period.

MISTAKES
Pteranodon had no teeth and the plural form of lasso is lassos.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Ken Armstrong
Artist: Boix
Letters: Bill Nuttall

In addition to Flesh, Ken Armstrong also wrote for Dan Dare and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith.

REVIEW
The Fleshdozer and the dinosaur attack are fantastic set pieces. Any comic strip that ends with a man attempting to strangle a Pteranodon is on to a winner. Flesh is shaping up to be very interesting.

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