| Issue 18 |
|Cover Date |
| 12th June 1976 |
| Click the cover to read |
Part three of the four part Hook Jaw poster takes the centre pages. Money Man is in Weston-Super-Mare, plus there's a list of winners from Reading, Croydon and Mertsham, avoiding any winners from either Colchester or Edinburgh. Also featured, another Action Sports Scoreboard.
On the final page of this week's Hook Jaw, Gelder's dialogue is delivered by a girl in a bikini, thanks to a lettering error.
A stand-in artist begins on Hellman this week, as Mike Dorey becomes less regular on the strip.
| || Dredger |
Dredger and Breed investigate the sabotage of an American spy satellite by a UHF signal emanating from the Yorkshire area. Their prime suspect is an engineer called Kent. Dredger threatens to shoot off Kent's toes if he doesn't talk. Kent has been coerced by enemy agents who told him it was a corporate sabotage job, paying him £5,000 to send the signal. Kent realises that he has committed a crime and attempts to rectify his error, but the enemy agents intervene. After a gun battle and some 'shock' tactics by Dredger, involving high voltage cables and water, Kent is able to restore the satellite, but is then shot in the back by a CIA agent who cannot allow him to live now that he has the secrets of their spy satellite network.
| || Green's Grudge War |
Training with new guns, Green puts on an excellent display of target shooting, but Bold exceeds his score using just one hand. A US Ranger has been watching, and tells the Commandos that he is unimpressed by their big shot. Later that night, at the village pub, Bold and the Ranger get into a fight. Bold returns to barracks walking stiffly and Green believes he must have taken quite a beating. During the raid the following day, Bold takes two bullets in the chest from German snipers. Believing he is to blame for provoking the fight, Green runs to Bold's side, but he too is pinned down by the snipers. Suddenly Bold sits up, shooting the Germans. He opens his tunic to reveal the Ranger's bullet proof vest, which he won off the American after the fight. Back on base the Ranger, looking bruised, is full of praise for Bold, but once again, Green has other opinions.
| || Hellman of the Afrika Korps |
Falling back to meet with Rommel, Hellman uses an .88 to shoot down some RAF planes. Rommel tasks Hellman with a stand in the Karine Pass, aimed at delaying invading Allied troops. The pass is held by the Free French army, equipped with American Shermans. Hellman uses the .88 to disable the tanks before battering down the doors of the fort with it. The French surrender (for a change), and Hellman is in position to defend the pass.
| || Blackjack |
The big fight arrives, and is being held in London. The opening round is hard fought, but as round two commences, Dali head butts Jack, aiming straight for his eyes. Luckily Jack is okay, and delivers a volley of blows that flatten Dali. Dali survives the count but heads straight back onto the canvas, hoping to be saved by the bell. Jack knows he won't make it, but an angry fan throws a bottle at the unpopular Dali, which hits Jack right in the eye. Blinded, he staggers, put out by one of his own fans.
| || Hook Jaw |
A film crew has arrived to shoot a commercial for Chocoblock. Gelder orders Mason to secure the lagoon using shark repellent. Mason warns him of the danger but is threatened off by Gelder's henchmen. As filming commences, the smaller sharks are kept at bay, but Hook Jaw is soon lunching on the film crew and actors, who are suddenly less bored than they had been. Only an actress survives, saying how lucky she is. Mason informs her that 90% of shark victims are male, and that she simply wasn't to their taste. Gelder blows up as usual, whilst Mason and Sharkie plan a shark hunt for that evening.
| || Look Out For Lefty! |
Lefty spends most of the match being fouled by Moggs senior in full sight of the referee, Moggs makes excuses for every foul and gets away with it. Lefty evens the score a little with a few well aimed left-footers to Badger's face. This allows Wigford to score, but Moggs isn't happy. He arranges a diversionary foul on another Wigford player, and when the ref''s back is turned, puts the boot into Lefty. Lefty realises that if he is to impress Mike Roberts into giving him a full time place, he will have to play on through the injury without breathing a word.
| || Death Game 1999 |
Taggart achieves his death defying suicide scoop, and opens the scoring for Karson City. Fort Lash are determined to take him out, but only succeed in decimating their own players. Taggart goads his own men onto the ice and they rise to the challenge, but are more interested in inflicting injuries than scoring points. As the strike period ends, Fort Lash have a relatively low score to beat. Taggart argues with Smailes, grabbing him by the throat. Kruger beats Taggart unconscious for his troubles. As Fort Lash's strike period begins, Eddie Gorman goes to pieces, Taggart is still out cold and Karson City need a miracle.
The Running Man |
As Carter faces an insane Vito, Luigi bursts in, axe in hand. Carter bluffs Luigi into believing that Vito is the impostor. He reminds Luigi that Carter broke his axe, which tips the hitman over the edge. Luigi buries his axe in Vito's skull, but he isn't finished. He then turns on Carter, unhappy with the way he has been treated by the Scarlatti family. Fallen, and at the axeman's mercy, Carter appears doomed when suddenly the cops burst in. They have arrived to bust the loan sharking operation, but manage to save Carter's bacon. Carter blurts out his story to the cops. Luigi realises he has killed the wrong man and makes a run for it with Carter and the cops in pursuit. Carter knows that Luigi is the only person who can prove his innocence, but the madman is hit and killed by a streetcar. Downtown, Carter tells his story to the Lieutenant and after a few hours is released, and put on a flight back home.