Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Futuregraph: The Insult That Made A Robot Out Of 'Walt'

NAME
Futuregraph: The Insult That Made A Robot Out Of 'Walt'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 82

DATELINE
16 Sep 78

PAGE COUNT
1

REPRINTS
None.

SYNOPSIS
Walter buys himself a new physique.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One has a synthi-beach.

Merion Port is a location on Pluto.

Robots World is a magazine.

The Galactic Groat is a unit of currency.

For 150 Galactic Groats, Droid Atlas sells a build-a-better body lightweight alloy construction kit made up of Big Powerful Arms, Massive Gargantuan Chest, An Epicly Proportioned Proboscis, Tyreless Legs and Magnetic Personality to Robots, Droids and Synthi-Humes. For 10 Galactic Groats buys you a 32,000 page book of pictures and advice. Postage is included except on orders from beyond the final frontier, when 5 Galactic Groats will be required.


WALTER THE WOBOT
He takes a holiday on Mega-City Synthi-Beach and has an altercation with another droid which inspires him to purchase Droid Atlas' tie-on plasti-muscles. He returns to the beach to teach his bully a lesson and is deemed a bully himself.

OTHER CHARACTERS
DROID ATLAS
He markets tie-on plasti-muscles.

'CALL-ME-HARRY' SPONSIBLE
6ft and 125 lb, robot from Luna 1. Spokesman for Droid Atlas' tie-on plasti-muscles.

JUDGE DREDD
Walter has his picture displayed in his room.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Walter: "Dwat it!...Walter just can't win!"

WORST LINES
Walt's Lady Droid Companion: "Oh, don't let it bother you, Bucket Head!"

CATCHPHRASES
Walter says dwat, dwoid, dwokk, fwee, gweat, hewo, scarecwow, wotten,

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
This advert (below).


MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G.P. Rice
Artist: Brendan McCarthy
Letters: Tony Jacob

G.P. Rice is Gary Rice. He also wrote for Tharg's Future Shocks, M.A.C.H.1 and several Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales.

REVIEW
This is wonderful. Presumably Walter is missing Dredd during his quest across the Cursed Earth, so much that he takes solace in a holiday. The parody of the ubiquitous advert is spot on and Walter's fate is brilliant.