Friday, 1 August 2014

Black Hawk, Part 18

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 18

FIRST PUBLISHED
Tornado No 21

DATELINE
11 Aug 79

This issue of Tornado also featured The Angry Planet, The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, The Lawless Touch, Storm, Tornado's True Tales, Victor Drago and Victor Drago's Black Museum Of Villains, with a cover featuring The Lawless Touch by Barry Mitchell.

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Black Hawk survives another assassination attempt.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
None.

BLACK HAWK
He breaks up a fight between Sulphur and a Cretan. When they are caught fighting again, he leads them in a party to the market in Rome with the two Nubian recruits as escorts. He sends Sulphur and the Cretan to purchase fruit, while they are away the Nubians attack him. Sulphur comes to his aid.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SULPHUR
He spent years in the sulphur mines of Sicily and his skin and hair are stained bright yellow. He joins Black Hawk's auxiliaries. He brawls with a Cretan recruit until Black Hawk breaks it up. They fight again and destroy the men's supply of fruit. Black Hawk orders them to carry heavy baskets from a trip to the market in Rome. He saves Black Hawk from a second attempt on his life by the Nubian recruits.

THE CRETAN
He is from Crete. He joins Black Hawk's auxiliaries. He brawls with Sulphur until Black Hawk breaks it up. They fight again and destroy the men's supply of fruit. Black Hawk orders them to carry heavy baskets from a trip to the market in Rome. He saves Black Hawk from a second attempt on his life by the Nubian recruits.

BATUS
He breaks up a fight between Sulphur and a Cretan, but not before they destroy the men's supply of fruit.

NERO
Emperor. Black Hawk sees him in the streets of Rome.

CRASSUS
He hired the Nubians to kill Black Hawk.

DEATHS
Two. Both the Nubian assassins are slain, Sulphur drowns one, while the Cretan breaks the other's neck.

BEST LINES
Sulphur: "Don't call me yellow... I don't like it!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Black Hawk says "Zeus!" again.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Nero (AD 37–68) was Roman Emperor from AD 54 to 68.

MISTAKES
The Cretan doesn't have a name, but at one point is referred to as if it was his name.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. F. Day
Artist: Azpiri
Letters: Unknown

REVIEW
Sulphur and the Cretan are another great addition to the strip and it's a shame that they aren't going to play much of a part in the rest of the story.

Next Week: The Dramatic Turning Point!