Although Belardinelli's style might seem less suitable for stories that were darker in tone he also produced some memorable episodes for Sláine, giving the hero's 'warp-spasm' a truly grotesque aspect which no other artist has matched. For Meltdown Man he had to create a world populated by humanoid animals, a challenge which he met with his customary verve, and he was equally at home depicting a futuristic sports tournament in Mean Team.Belardinelli worked on many strips during his career, including Flesh, The Angry Planet, Black-Hawk, Harlem Heroes, Inferno, The Dead, Moonrunners, Joe Alien and (unsurprisingly) Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (they're anthropomorphic turtles, they eat pizza, they live in a sewer and they fight crime — who would be better at drawing it?). Earlier in his career he drew Star Trek, Rat Pack, Death Game 1999 and Green's Grudge War, but his big break came when Pat Mills chose him to draw Dan Dare in 2000 AD in 1977. Mills apparently thought "the hero looked awful," which to Belardinelli's fans shouldn't come as a shock. Dan Dare was a square-jawed, clean-living pilot with an upper lip as stiff as his moral code, and Belardinelli was a man who excelled at depicting the strange, the peculiar, the uncanny and the downright odd. He had no time for anything strait-laced.