| Issue 20 |
|Cover Date |
| 26th June 1976 |
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Jack Adrian begins his stint on Black Jack this issue. Confusingly, Jack is back in New York as this ill-advised chapter in his story begins. Money Man is in Blackpool. Also featured, another Action Sports Scoreboard.
This is the last issue to be printed in web offset, on good quality paper.
| || Dredger |
Dredger and Breed are sent to beef up security on the World Peace Games in West Germany. A Nazi terrorist group called the Iron Commandos have threatened to attack the event, but the security chiefs want to put across the spirit of peace, much to Dredger's disgust. After whacking a few terrorists with an athletes' team coach and a few shootings, Dredger spots a mortar squad during the opening ceremony. He steals the flaming torch from the runner in the arena and chucks it at the mortar launcher, which explodes, killing the terrorists. The organisers order the whole episode to be hushed up.
| || Green's Grudge War |
Attacking a German harbour, Green finally gets the better of Bold, helping him out of trouble and destroying an enemy tank. His bravery is also noticed by the brass, but Bold is missing, presumed captured. Green throws a fiver into the pot when the commandos have a whip round to send Bold a food parcel, but as they arrive back in Blighty, Bold is waiting for them having hitched a lift home with the Royal Navy. Green asks for his fiver back, but doesn't get it, and wishes he had been killed by the tank as Bold thought, rather than lose five quid.
| || Hellman of the Afrika Korps |
Hammer Force has defended the pass, and now move forward to attack the Americans. Colonel Rock has laid an ambush at a bridge crossing the River Jebel. Hellman is suspicious, and realises that his panzers are too heavy for the bridge although the sign says otherwise. He orders his men back just as Rock detonates the charges he has set. Hellman survives but his men do not. Using a grass tube to breathe, Hellman crosses the river and listens to the Colonel's plans to bring in heavy artillery. Creating a brush fire as a diversion, Hellman puts a plan into action. As the smoke clears Hellman can be seen in the river, shouting to Rock. The American guns turn on the German, but Hammer Force emerge from the water, using the snorkels the Tigers are equipped with to breathe. The American guns are destroyed, and Rock flees, with Hellman in pursuit.
| || Blackjack |
Back in New York looking for eye surgeon Bertil Jannsen, Jack finds out from Yank and Solly that he is going broke, and cannot afford to fly home, let alone an eye operation. Jack takes to the streets, and is soon involved in a fight with some guys mugging a young girl. Jack is hit hard across the eyes. He realises that he can now see outlines and uses this to lash out at the men. Having fought off the attackers Jack and the girl return to his apartment, where they tell the news to Solly and Yank. Just then the TV News reports a serious car crash involving Jannsen, who isn't expected to survive the night.
| || Hook Jaw |
Mason is offered to Hook Jaw as a human sacrifice. The natives tie him to a bamboo frame in the water and cut him with a knife to lure the sharks. Mason shouts into the water, scaring some sharks away, but is swiped by Hook Jaw, which breaks the bamboo. Mason uses it as a weapon, attacking the shark's gills, which he knows to be a weak spot. Suddenly a hovercraft appears, driving the sharks away. Gelder arrives, demanding to know what is happening. Once Mason has explained, Gelder orders the ring leader of the sacrifice mob thrown to the sharks as punishment. Gelder then shows Mason his new attraction, an underwater restaurant designed to show off Hook Jaw to the tourists. As the guests begin photographing the shark, the flash bulbs arouse Hook Jaw, who swims towards the giant observation window.
| || Look Out For Lefty! |
Lefty has a run in with Jack Stacey, the man who sold Gramps the Gnomes and masks. There's money owing and Stacey wants it back. Lefty and Angie start to scheme a way to get the money. At school, Lefty accidentally puts a ball in Gosling's face which earns him the cane, although Sid Smythe is to blame. Smythe's dad arrives to watch a school match, and Lefty hatches a plan. He sets Sid up to score an unlikely goal and is suddenly all over him like a new best friend, much to everyone's surprise.
| || Death Game 1999 |
Karson City's mild mannered victory causes a riot with the spinball fans. Taggart saves Smailes from an assault, but tells the governor that he didn't do it for him, he did it to save his team-mates. Joe says he couldn't care less if the fans had torn his head off. Smailes revokes the teams match winning privileges, and sentences them to two days of hard labour, where two men die and seven are injured. Meanwhile Smailes and Dr. Jeckle prepare to show the team their latest addition, the re-animated bionic remains of the late Al Rico.
| || Hell's Highway |
Danny and Steve are pulled over at a weighbridge as their truck is way over the weight limit. A call to Hartwell on his special number clears them, but arouses suspicion with the officials. They are soon under attack from agents and phony highway police. The truckers escape over a weak bridge, the weight of the truck destroying it as it rolls over. The rig is stuck in deep gravel on the far side of the bridge, when a chopper load of hoods attack. Capturing Danny and Steve, the hoods manage to get the truck rolling again, but as they attempt to open the trailer, a booby trap goes off. Danny and Steve escape, grab their guns and make a run for it.