| Issue 19 |
|Cover Date |
| 19th June 1976 |
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Part four of the four part Hook Jaw poster takes the centre pages. Money Man is in Margate, plus there's a list of winners from Cardiff.
Felix Carrion replaces Ramon Sola as regular Hook Jaw artist this issue. Unfortunately his work is nowhere near as good, and the strip suffers for it.
| || Dredger |
Dredger and Breed investigate the sabotage of a NATO missile system. Breed goes undercover as a lab technician and soon uncovers the scientists responsible when they try to kill him. Dredger comes to the rescue, and with the aid of some bubonic plague culture, soon gets a confession. The head man, Werner, grabs a female doctor to use as a hostage. dredger kills everybody else involved as Werner makes for a helicopter. At the vital moment, Dr. Simons overpowers Werner, just in time for Dredger to kill him too. She is not impressed by D.I.6. as she had already uncovered Werner's plot and hoped to find out who he was working for, but now, thanks to Dredger, she'll never find out.
| || Green's Grudge War |
Bold is volunteered for a special mission, and takes Green along with him. They need to rescue a captured British agent who the Gestapo are holding in Normandy. The usual derring-do ensues, with Green holding off two panzers single-handed, only to be shown up by Bold, who destroys the tanks using a German .88. The agent sings Bold's praises to the top brass as Green watches, fuming as usual.
| || Hellman of the Afrika Korps |
Hammer Force receive three new panzers to help them hold the pass, but soon come under fire from the Shermans of Colonel John T. Rock. Hellman's infantry are wiped out, but the Major hits back hard and destroys many Shermans. Rock calls a truce to talk about tending the wounded, but it is a trick, and he captured and beats Hellman and his batman. Hellman escapes, freeing Muller. The two men flee. As he returns to Hammer Force, Hellman vows revenge against the American.
| || Blackjack |
Jack is helped through an on-the-spot eye examination by Yank, who coughs the number of fingers the doctor is holding up. He somehow manages to carry on with the fight, despite Dali hitting him with low blows through the rest of the round. Solly suggests the southpaw defence, telling Jack to listen for his signal. As Dali is worn down, Solly shouts out, and Jack delivers a volley of blows that K.O. the champion. The new champion leaves the ring, but collapses and is rushed to hospital for an emergency operation. Jack is saved, but now blind, will never box again. He is vacated from his crown before he leaves the hospital, but the cheering crowds that greet him as he heads home make it all worthwhile.
| || Hook Jaw |
The island natives begin a voodoo ritual to hunt sharks. Chickens are sacrificed, and melons heated by the fire. The villagers set out into the lagoon on their boats, as the sharks are lured in by the chicken blood in the water. The smaller sharks swallow the melons as they are thrown, causing their stomachs to burst, but Hook Jaw does not partake, preferring to attack the boats. As the villagers die, Mason attempts to save the medicine man, but Hook Jaw claims him too. The outraged villagers blame Mason, and seeing the scar Hook Jaw left him on the oil rig, believe he is cursed. They decide he must be sacrificed to the 'sea god' Natoo Aku.
| || Look Out For Lefty! |
Lefty is rescued by Angie, carrying her dad's magic spray. He sets about decimating the opposition with the ball, knocking the goalkeeper unconscious and hitting the substitute keeper hard in the stomach until he is sick. His next shot cracks one of the uprights, and faced with the prospect of a shot from Lampton's left, Moggs runs away. At full time it's 6-0 and Lefty has scored five of them. Mike Roberts is impressed, offering Lefty another match. On the way home Lefty and Angie plan how to get rid of the gnomes.
| || Death Game 1999 |
Smailes has Taggart attached to the Revival Chair, which sends high voltage shocks into his brain to revive him. Out on the ice, Eddie Gorman is hounded by Fort Lash, his nerve gone. Two bikemen move in for the kill, but Taggart skates to the rescue. Having demolished four of Fort Lash's bikers in short succession, Taggart and his team play defensively, wasting time until the clock runs out. Karson City win, but the fans hate it. Smailes and Kruger talk after the game, and Kruger is stunned by Smailes plan to bring back Al Rico, widely acknowledged to have died in the Brooklyn Butchers game.
| || Hell's Highway |
Truckers Steve Manning and Danny Kuziak stumble across an injured USAF intelligence officer named Doolly, and land themselves in the middle of a spy game. Having disposed of Doolly's enemies, they are subjected to a cover up, lose their operators licenses and have their truck impounded. Unable to work, they stumble around in dead end jobs until their money runs out. A man named Lestor Hartwell finds them, and offers them a driving job, plus the return of their truck licenses if they'll work for him. As a bonus for completing the job, they'll get to keep the rig. Danny and Steve have their doubts, but their only other option is to starve. They accept Hartwell's offer, but as they leave, Hartwell doubts he'll ever see them alive again.