| Issue 12 |
|Cover Date |
| 1st May 1976 |
| Click the cover to read |
The first episode of Look Out For Lefty and the end of Sport's Not For Losers. Money Man begins his first summer break, but there is a list of winners from Manchester, Brighton and Bath. The name of the Sports Star of the Future is omitted but his surmane is Hulme and he's a water skier. Also included is Where The Sports Action Is in May.
Dredger takes the colour pages for the one and only time.
| || Dredger |
Dredger and Breed chase a KGB murder squad round a bullring in South America. Breed believes he has killed an innocent police officer and Dredger knocks him out, hoping to flee the country. On the train heading across the border , Breed comes round as police enter their carriage. Dredger kills them, showing Breed that they were not police at all, but enemy agents. The two men leave Colivia with a clear conscience.
| || Green's Grudge War |
The Commandos raid the port of St. Laire. Green disobeys orders in search of glory but is bailed out by Bold. As Green and Captain MacNeal attack the German quarters, Green sees a chance to prove himself to the brass, but Bold once again outshines Green, leaving him fuming away on the boat home.
| || Hellman of the Afrika Korps |
Hellman is the sole survivor of his scouting party, but brings back information to defeat the Anzacs. Taking delivery of some new Tiger tanks, Hellman makes use of his reconnaissance data and storms Habruk, sacrificing using his own tank to pass over the hastily added anti-tank trench.
| || Blackjack |
With Yancy behind bars, no fight promoter will touch Jack. Big Bill can still pull strings. Jack embarks on a 'bum-a-week' campaign, fighting all comers for the prize money and getting bags of attention. Soon the promoters cannot resist, and the title chase is back on.
| || Look Out For Lefty! |
Kenny Lampton lives with his dog food eating grandfather Enoch, in a junkshop in Burmington. Kenny dreams of being a First Division footballer, but having damaged the car of the Burmington scout Sam Henderson, he feels he has no chance. His school Form Master, the twisted Mr. Gosling tries to get Sid Smythe into the side, but Sid is useless and is only favoured because his dad owns a sports shop. After the trial, Henderson does offer a trial, but not to Sid. He was impressed by 'Lefty' and thinks a broken headlight was worth the price.
| || Sport's Not For Losers |
Len runs into Spit's gang, in London for a Chelsea match. He is beaten up and hospitalised even though Dan does his best to save him. On the morning of the race, Len flees from the hospital and runs all the way to the arena, arriving exhausted with a few minutes to spare. The race begins and Len is losing, but draws on all his recent trials to pull out some reserves of strength. He wants to show up Beanpole Barnes for being such a snob earlier. Len comes back to win and is crowned the new British 400 metres champion. Beanpole is the first to congratulate him, telling his of Dan's ploy at the party. As Len signs autographs in front of his dad, Dan says he will be fit for next season to take the crown off his brother when he gets out of borstal.
| || The Running Man |
Lost in the sands of the Painted desert, Carter loses his mind and his memory as he staggers onto a movie set, destroying the shot but saving the cast from a disaster. In his weakened state, the director exploits Mike into performing stunts, but Mike is so distracted from reality, he doesn't care if he lives or dies. Strapped to a hang-glider, he heads across a ravine towards the cliff wall.
On page one of Lefty, young Lampton refers to himself as a 'Birmingham City star...' but by page three, 'Birmingham' has been very poorly and obviously re-lettered to say 'Burmington'. Soccer Sessions with the Boss accidentally reprints the strip from the previous week. There was no Hook Jaw in this issue, although it said there was on the cover. Action Man tries hot air ballooning, even though his regular letter claims that this will be featured in the next issue.