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27th Apr '15 8:02:43 PM mariic
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More details (and even scans of many pre-cancellation stories) can be found [[http://www.sevenpennynightmare.co.uk/ here]].

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More details (and even scans of many pre-cancellation stories) can be found [[http://www.actionarchive.sevenpennynightmare.co.uk/ uk/introduction.htm here]].
12th Jan '14 1:41:55 PM LongLiveHumour
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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A WorldWarII story with a twist -- the hero was Major Kurt Hellman, a non-Nazi German Panzer commander, who strove to fight a "clean" war, in contrast to the brutalities of the SS and Gestapo.

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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII story with a twist -- the hero was Major Kurt Hellman, a non-Nazi German Panzer commander, who strove to fight a "clean" war, in contrast to the brutalities of the SS and Gestapo.



* ''Green's Grudge War'': In a WorldWarII commando unit, a story of jealousy and vendetta is played out between the envious Jimmy Green and the blithely unaware John Bold, ending at last when Green's attempt to get Bold killed by the Germans ends with him being shot. Regarded as disappointingly formulaic and repetitive.

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* ''Green's Grudge War'': In a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII commando unit, a story of jealousy and vendetta is played out between the envious Jimmy Green and the blithely unaware John Bold, ending at last when Green's attempt to get Bold killed by the Germans ends with him being shot. Regarded as disappointingly formulaic and repetitive.
8th Jul '13 9:23:05 PM JIKTV
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* StrawDystopia: The setting of ''Death Game 1999'' and ''Kids Rule O.K''.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: The whole premise of ''Hook Jaw''.

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* StrawDystopia: The setting of ''Death Game 1999'' and ''Kids Rule O.K''.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks:
[[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: The whole premise of ''Hook Jaw''.
25th May '13 10:11:49 PM WanderingBrowser
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More details (and even scans of many pre-cancellation stories) can be found [[http://www.sevenpennynightmare.co.uk/ here]].



* ''Black Jack'': A working class black heavyweight boxer from the East End of London named Jack Barron was the star of this comic, which revolved around Jack's efforts to win matches and eventually take the World Heavyweight Title, all to keep on championing the other impoverished working-class who looked up to him. His efforts were put at risk by the fact an injury sustained in the first comic left him at risk of going permanently blind if he took too many blows to the skull -- at the end of the pre-censoring of ''Action'', his story ended with him winning the title, but going blind. After the censorship, ''Manga/BlackJack'' was brought back in a storyline about his efforts to raise the money to acquire a "miracle surgery" that would restore his eyesight and which saw him learning kung fu and becoming a rapper.

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* ''Black Jack'': A working class black heavyweight boxer from the East End of London named Jack Barron was the star of this comic, which revolved around Jack's efforts to win matches and eventually take the World Heavyweight Title, all to keep on championing the other impoverished working-class who looked up to him. His efforts were put at risk by the fact an injury sustained in the first comic left him at risk of going permanently blind if he took too many blows to the skull -- at the end of the pre-censoring of ''Action'', his story ended with him winning the title, but going blind. After the censorship, ''Manga/BlackJack'' ''Black Jack'' was brought back in a storyline about his efforts to raise the money to acquire a "miracle surgery" that would restore his eyesight and which saw him learning kung fu and becoming a rapper.



* BloodSport: Spinball, a game where two teams of convicted criminals take turns to be attackers and defenders in an arena that mixes pinball flippers and pins with the field of an ice hockey.

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* BloodSport: Spinball, a game where two teams of convicted criminals take turns to be attackers and defenders in an arena that mixes pinball flippers and pins with the field of an ice hockey.hockey and features attackers mounted on customised motorcycles.
* CondemnedContestant: Spinball players are generally on death row anyway when recruited.
* StrawDystopia: The setting of ''Death Game 1999'' and ''Kids Rule O.K''.


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* FrankensteinsMonster: Towards the end of ''Death Game 1999'', Al Rico is rebuilt with cybernetics, including one bionic arm, and brought back as a near mindless killing machine to help bolster the Karson City Killers.
16th Oct '12 9:17:52 AM butterfingersbeck
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16th Oct '12 9:12:06 AM butterfingersbeck
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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A WorldWarII story with a twist -- the hero was Major Kurt Hellman, a non-Nazi German Pazner commander, who strove to fight a "clean" war, in contrast to the brutalities of the SS and Gestapo.

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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A WorldWarII story with a twist -- the hero was Major Kurt Hellman, a non-Nazi German Pazner Panzer commander, who strove to fight a "clean" war, in contrast to the brutalities of the SS and Gestapo.
8th Oct '12 4:58:42 AM HueJass84
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This, ultimately, was the comic's downfall. The dark themes of the comic, combined with the strong anti-authoritarian inclinations of its stories, ultimately resulted in a successful attempt by the National Viewers And Listeners Association, led by Mary Whitehouse, to force IPC to censor the stories. With the violence and cynicism toned down, ''Action'' soon lost its fanbase and was cancelled.

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This, ultimately, was the comic's downfall. The dark themes of the comic, combined with the strong anti-authoritarian inclinations of its stories, ultimately resulted in a successful attempt by the National Viewers And Listeners Association, led by Mary Whitehouse, to force IPC to censor the stories. With the violence and cynicism toned down, ''Action'' soon lost its fanbase and was cancelled.
[[ComicsMerger merged]] with ''Battle Picture Weekly''.
30th Apr '12 3:06:55 AM erforce
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* ''Hook Jaw'': Derived from ''{{Jaws}}'', it revolved around a monstrously huge and tough Great White Shark with the tip of a gaff hook lodged in its chin and the strange ability to cause swarms of different kinds of sharks to flock to its presence. Hook Jaw kept coming into contact with malevolent, corrupt humans trying to exploit the sea, which resulted in copious amounts of ludicrously gory death.

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* ''Hook Jaw'': Derived from ''{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', it revolved around a monstrously huge and tough Great White Shark with the tip of a gaff hook lodged in its chin and the strange ability to cause swarms of different kinds of sharks to flock to its presence. Hook Jaw kept coming into contact with malevolent, corrupt humans trying to exploit the sea, which resulted in copious amounts of ludicrously gory death.
6th Mar '12 5:05:49 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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Though obscure, ''Action'' played an important role in the development of BritishComics; it was the first multi-themed "boy's stories" comic (prior to ''Action'', all "boy's stories" comics would focus on one theme - war or sports, for example), and it proved that there was a market for boy's adventure stories outside of the classical moulds. IPC and Pat Mills would go on to create the successful ''TwoThousandAD'' comics. Many of the early ''2000 AD'' stories have a very strong resemblance to the moods and attitudes of ''Action stories'', and the stories ''Flesh'' and ''Shako'' in particular have a strong resemblance to ''Hook Jaw''.

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Though obscure, ''Action'' played an important role in the development of BritishComics; it was the first multi-themed "boy's stories" comic (prior to ''Action'', all "boy's stories" comics would focus on one theme - war or sports, for example), and it proved that there was a market for boy's adventure stories outside of the classical moulds. IPC and Pat Mills would go on to create the successful ''TwoThousandAD'' ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' comics. Many of the early ''2000 AD'' stories have a very strong resemblance to the moods and attitudes of ''Action stories'', and the stories ''Flesh'' and ''Shako'' in particular have a strong resemblance to ''Hook Jaw''.
16th Jan '12 12:19:30 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''Death Game 1999'': Derived from ''{{Rollerball}}'', this comic revolved around the dystopian future of 1999, where bands of criminals compete in the BloodSport Spinball, a bizarre mishmash of gladiatorial combat, motorcycle derby, pinball, and ice hockey, to try and win their freedom. The story opens with the Karson City Killers losing their captain, Al Rico, to being smashed by one of the flippers -- coincidentally, shortly afterwards, a football genius (now washed up because Spinball has replaced Football) named Joe Taggart is imprisoned after being mistakenly accused of beating a spinball ticket tout to death. Joe Taggart is forced to become the coach for a new team of Karson City Killers -- in fact, he goes through several teams as members keep getting killed off.

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* ''Death Game 1999'': Derived from ''{{Rollerball}}'', ''Film/{{Rollerball}}'', this comic revolved around the dystopian future of 1999, where bands of criminals compete in the BloodSport Spinball, a bizarre mishmash of gladiatorial combat, motorcycle derby, pinball, and ice hockey, to try and win their freedom. The story opens with the Karson City Killers losing their captain, Al Rico, to being smashed by one of the flippers -- coincidentally, shortly afterwards, a football genius (now washed up because Spinball has replaced Football) named Joe Taggart is imprisoned after being mistakenly accused of beating a spinball ticket tout to death. Joe Taggart is forced to become the coach for a new team of Karson City Killers -- in fact, he goes through several teams as members keep getting killed off.
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