Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Flesh, Book One, Part 4

NAME
Flesh, Book 1, Part 4

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 4

DATELINE
19 Mar 77

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
2000AD Annual 1984, Judge Dredd Megazine 4.05, Scavengers 14 and Flesh: The Dino Files.

SYNOPSIS
Earl gets a sick Joe to Carver City, but Old One Eye tracks them.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of 'Claw' Carver.

INFORMATION
Carver City is like a western town, but with a plastic dome to keep dinosaurs out. It was founded by 'Claw' Carver. It has a saloon and a Robot Marshal. Guns are not permitted and must be surrendered at the entrance to the town, the sole exception is the Robot Marshall's laser gun.

The only cure for an infection resulting from a dinosaur bite is to inject fluid from a special gland in a Tyrannosaur's throat into the patient.


EARL REAGAN
He takes Joe Brontowski to Carver City for treatment. He knows 'Claw' Carver.

OLD ONE EYE
She tracks Earl Reagan by his scent to Carver City. Old One Eye breaks through the Carver City dome.

JOE BRONTOWSKI
His skin is breaking out in black boils and he has a fever after his dinosaur attack.

OTHER CHARACTERS
'CLAW' CARVER
He used to be a trail boss, but he retired and built the Carver City Trading Post. His right hand was bitten off and he had it replaced it with Dinosaur claw. He knows Earl Reagan.

CARVER CITY'S ROBOT MARSHALL
His laser gun perforates the town's plastic dome.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
'Claw': "You was always too big for your boots, Reagan! I'm gonna rip you to shreds with my claw for what you've done!"

WORST LINES
Reagan: "Gotta act fast!"

Well, go on then.

CATCHPHRASES
A terrified Carver City citizen screams an "Aiee" and a ranger says "We'll have a kronj time in Carver City!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The appearance of the Robot Marshal of Carver City bears a resemblance to the faceless version of Yul Brenner's character from Westworld (1973).

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: Ken Armstrong
Artist: Sola
Letters: Bill Nuttall

Reprints of this strip credit the script to R.E. Wright.

REVIEW
Another strong part, which cements the Western aspects of the strip and maintains the quality of the gory action, but also provides the first signs of where the narrative is heading.