Black Hawk, Part 22
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 130
15 Sept 79
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.
Blackhawk and Ursa must not help each to survive Battak's assault course.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Ursa.
(This strip is set "two thousand years ago", which if taken literally would mean 21 BC)
He awakes surrounded by members of various species. He meets Ursa and Battak. He undertakes Battak's assault course and helps Ursa survive. He is not the first human to have been kidnapped by the entertainers.
He is friendly to Blackhawk and punished for it by Battak. Blackhawk helps him survive Battak's assault course..
Squad leader. He punishes Ursa for being friendly toward Blackhawk and orders the gladiators to the assault course. He later threatens both Blackhawk and Ursa for helping each other to survive the assault course.
Blackhawk: "Blood of the jackal!"
Battak: "You, Bear! You spoke to the new human. You were being friendly. You know it is not allowed to be friendly!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Ursa means Bear in the Latin.
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Letters: Pete Knight
Despite being quite predictable this part successfully introduces Blackhawk's new sidekick and reinforces the new format of the strip.
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