Monday, 28 October 2013

Ro-Busters: The Tax Man Cometh!, Part 1

NAME
Ro-Busters: The Tax Man Cometh!, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
Starlord Issue 20

DATELINE
23 September 78

This issue of Starlord bore a Holocaust cover by Ian Kennedy, and also featured Mind Wars, Holocaust and a one-off called Skirmish!

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Complete Ro-Busters.

SYNOPSIS
As Quartz gets a tax demand, receives threats of nationalisation and his atom-cracker blows up, he is abducted.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The Earth Credit is a unit of currency.

An Anti-Grav Tractor Beam can lift a person or object up


RO-JAWS
He investigates the site of the Atom-Cracker disaster.

HAMMER-STEIN
He investigates the site of the Atom-Cracker disaster and saves Quartz from being crushed by a girder.

OTHER CHARACTERS
HOWARD QUARTZ
He owes 238 billion Earth Credits in tax. Whilst investigating the site of the Ro-Busters Atom-Cracker disaster on Devil's Island, he is abducted. He knows his kidnapper.

BULSTRODE
He works for the British Government and is on its Nationalisation Board.

DEATHS
One. Tonto the robot was destroyed when the Atom-Cracker blew up.

BEST LINES
Quartz: "I owe what!"
Tax Commissioner #1: "Two hundred and thirty-eight billion Earth Credits!"
Tax Commissioner #2: "Payable in 30 days of course!"

WORST LINES
Hammer-Stein (after saving Quartz from being crushed): "Done it! The boss'll be really grateful for that!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Quartz and the Tax Commissioners mention the events of The Preying Mantis, Midpoint, Farnborough Droid Show and Massacre On The Moon.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Jack Adrian
Artist: Ferrer
Letters: T. Frame/B. Henry

REVIEW
This is a fantastic opening and it's good to see Quartz take centre stage.

Next Week: 'You're On A One-Way Ticket To Nowhere!'