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Action 2020 comic Special Edition March 28, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

For those of us who remember the 1970s all too well this special of Action comic, including the ‘banned’ issue from October 1976 has perhaps been released at precisely the wrong time. Or thinking about it perhaps it’s the opposite. What better time for a comic like this?

Launched in 1976 by writer and editor Pat Mills, Action‘s blend of no-holds-barred action, unbridled anarchism, and violent riffs off popular films earned it immediate acclaim. The gritty tone and graphic gore of strips such as Hook Jaw, Hellman of Hammer Force, BlackJack, Death Game 1999, Kids Rule OK, Dredger, and Look Out For Lefty delighted readers but quickly attracted the attention of public moralists, with the comic branded “the seven-penny nightmare” by the press.

A campaign by the infamous Mary Whitehouse and her National Viewers and Listeners Association led to threats of a boycott of all publisher IPC’s titles by newsagent chains such as WH Smith and John Menzies. This in turn led to pressure from publisher IPC’s higher management and the 23 October issue was pulped.

When the title returned that November, the violence was heavily toned down. Sales of this neutered Action dropped dramatically and it was folded into stablemate Battle a year later. However, Action remains one of the most influential comic books in British history, leading to Mills creating 2000 AD and also inspire a generation of comic book readers and creators!

The special edition featuring new stories and artwork from various contemporary luminaries is ‘only available from the 2000 AD and Treasury of British Comics webshops’.

Joe M ordered my copy, for which I’m very grateful. A difficult comic for difficult times.


1. EWI - March 28, 2020

Battle, Action, Eagle (my poison of choice before the glossy Marvel comics arrrived). ‘Battle Action Force’ was the (toy tie-in) last evolution of the former?


WorldbyStorm - March 28, 2020

The greats! That’s a good question, I can’t recall but I’ll bet someone does here


2. Brian Hanley - March 28, 2020

‘Charley’s War’: a classic.

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3. Dermot M O Connor - March 29, 2020

I saw a video interview with Pat Mills some time ago about Action, this YT search might dig it up. Off to look!


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