Sunday, 29 September 2013

Ro-Busters: The Ritz Space Hotel, Part 2

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Ritz Space Hotel, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Issue 8

DATELINE
1 July 78

PAGE COUNT
6

This issue also featured Strontium Dog, Timequake, Mind Wars and Planet Of The Damned strips, some more of the Hell Planet game and a Timequake cover by Brian Lewis

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein go undercover.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Ro-Busters flashback.

INFORMATION
(The year is 2078)

Waiter robots have chest mounted ovens.

RO-JAWS
He struggles to blend in undercover.

HAMMER-STEIN
He is enjoying his undercover work.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SWING-ALONGA-MAX
Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein find clothing in his dressing room and believe him to be a human disguised as a robot.


THE SILVER LADY
Sings a duet with Swing-Alonga-Max.

½ TOUGH
He has stowed away on the Ro-Busters Space Module. He hopes to meet the chairman of British Ley-Mek and convince him to make him another arm.

MEK-QUAKE
He tells ½ Tough that his arm will never arrive.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Ro-Jaws: "Madam...sir...your chicken is ready!"
Sir: "It's burnt to a cinder!"
Ro-Jaws: "Well, you asked for it to be well done. So cut the yak and get it down you - can't stand around here all day, y'know!"

WORST LINES
Madam: "What a rude robot!"

CATCHPHRASES
None

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Max sing 'Take Me To The Moon' to the apparent tune of 'Fly Me To The Moon', a song written by Bart Howard in 1954 and recorded by Kaye Ballard and later by the likes of Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé, Shirley Bassey, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard, Doris Day, Tony Bennett and Marvin Gaye. Ro-Jaws mentions The Sweeney (1975–1978). There is a Playboy bunny symbol in Max's dressing room, the symbol first appeared in the magazine's second issue in January 1954.

MISTAKES
Part 1 mentioned Waiter robots having head ovens, which for obvious reasons has become chest ovens.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Pino
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
This feels quite gentle. Ro-Jaws' undercover work is great, Hammer-Stein's undercover work is a bit dull and ½ Tough's presence is very predictable.

Next Week: 'His First Job Will Be - To Kill His Friend Ro-Jaws!'