Black Hawk, Part 28
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 136
27 Oct 79
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.
Blackhawk and Laddo fight a Maloid. Blackhawk survives.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Malo is a planet in the Persol system. Its dominant species is the Maloid, they have an avian head, three arms with pincers and spines, four legs, a shell on their backs and make a terrible stench. They are self-regenerating
He and Ursa save Laddo from a Snikka tree. Blackhawk signs his name with an X. He fights and kills the Maloid champion, but the creature's limb regenerate and fight independently. Blackhawk fights on, but is overcome. Laddo attempts to assist him, but is attacked himself. Blackhawk tries to help Laddo, but the Director activates his Tork-band to prevent him.
He and Blackhawk save Laddo from a Snikka tree.
He draws a picture of Blackhawk and asks him to autograph it. Blackhawk is his hero and he refers to him as Lord Blackhawk. Blackhawk and Ursa save him from a Snikka tree.
At least one. Laddo is killed by the Maloid. The Maloid is "controlled", but it's not clear if it's killed.
Maloid supporter: "Khordle Claisa! Khordle!"
Laddo: "Shut up your swearing, you!"
Laddo: "Aaarg! I die - But I die a warrior!"
Blackhawk swears "By Sebek's Demons!", Laddo screams an "Aiiee!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Blackhawk thinks back over his battles with Battik, Zog, the Smiling Chukwalla and the Goool.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Letters: Jack Potter
An interesting piece. As soon as he is introduced, it is obvious that Laddo is not long for this world, but the effect he has on Blackhawk is great and ends this part on a great note as Blackhawk throws off his chains. Belardinelli's Maloid is another fantastic design.
Next Prog: "Ursa Need Sacrifice!"