Death Game 1999 is, fairly obviously, a rip-off of both Rollerball & Death Race 2000 ( if you're gonna steal, be blatant about it! ) It was written by Tom Tully and illustrated mostly by Costa ( as you'll see, there's a couple of really early Ian Gibson pages in there too ).
In essence, it's a classic prison movie, as semi-retired player Joe Taggart is framed for murder and forced to put together a Spinball team for corrupt prison Governer Smailes, made up of the worst no-hopers & lifers in the jail. Just like Hook Jaw, it does exactly what it says on the tin, being fast, furious and mega-violent.
And like Kids Rule OK! it couldn't last. As Action got into more and more trouble, leading to it's ban & subsequent cancellation, Death Game 1999 had it's teeth pulled and became the far softer ( though still reasonably violent ) Spinball. For readers of the early 2000AD, Death Game was a precursor to a seemingly endless series of futuresport serials, including Harlem Heroes, Inferno, Death Sport & The Mean Arena. To see the cut & uncut version's of how it all ended, go to ( as with everything else this week ) www.sevenpennynightmare.co.uk. Here's the opening few weeks.
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