Monday, 30 September 2013

Ro-Busters: The Ritz Space Hotel, Part 3

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Ritz Space Hotel, Part 3

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Issue 9

DATELINE
8 July 78

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein is set against Ro-Jaws.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Meetings of robots are illegal.


RO-JAWS
He dresses up in drag from the Silver Lady's dressing room. He fails to remain undetected.

HAMMER-STEIN
He is equipped with machine guns, rockets and lasers. He fails to remain undetected. He is hypnotised to kill Ro-Jaws.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SWING-ALONGA-MAX
He chairs a meeting of robots.

THE SILVER LADY
Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein discover clothing in her dressing room and believe her to be a human in disguise.

DEATHS
One. A hotel guest requesting a massage has his head crushed by a porter robot.

BEST LINES
Porter: "Funny the way a hume's head doesn't unscrew like a robot's!"
Robot: "Yeah! Sorta messy the way you have to keep yanking and tugging to get it off."

WORST LINES
Hotel guest: "I want a massage and - Hey! Meetings of robots are illegal! I'm going to report you stinkin' machines!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
'Some Enchanted Evening' is a show tune from South Pacific (1949) by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Hammer-Stein refers to Ro-Jaws as Julie Andrews, the actress born in 1935 that is famous for Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound Of Music (1965). The Silver Lady sings 'Falling In Love Again', a song made famous by Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) in The Blue Angel (1930).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
Between the drag chase and the squelchy massage this part has a lot more going for it that those that preceded it.

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