History Comicbook / Action

13th Apr '17 6:07:06 AM moloch
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''Action'' was a short lived [[BritishComics British comicbook serial]] published in the late 1970s (1976 to 1977) by IPC after having been created by Pat Mills. It earned much attention for its focus on fairly GrimDark, gritty, gorily violent stories, many of which were "dead cribs" (ideas derived by ripping off from currently-popular films, books and other comics), intended to appeal to the growing punk culture and to the increasingly disenfranchised youth of Britain. Its stories had much the air of a DarkerAndEdgier take on classic {{Pulp}} novels, while detractors likened it to the penny dreadfuls of the Victorian era.

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''Action'' was a short lived [[BritishComics British comicbook serial]] published in the late 1970s (1976 to 1977) 1976 and 1977 by IPC after having been created IPC. Created by Pat Mills. It Mills, it earned much attention for its focus on fairly GrimDark, gritty, gorily violent stories, many of which were "dead cribs" (ideas derived by ripping off from currently-popular films, books and other comics), comics) intended to appeal to the growing punk culture and to the increasingly disenfranchised youth of Britain. Its stories had much the air of a DarkerAndEdgier take on classic {{Pulp}} novels, while detractors likened it to the penny dreadfuls of the Victorian era.
13th Apr '17 6:04:13 AM moloch
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More details (and even scans of many pre-cancellation stories) can be found [[http://www.actionarchive.sevenpennynightmare.co.uk/introduction.htm here]].

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More details (and even scans of many pre-cancellation stories) can be found [[http://www.actionarchive.sevenpennynightmare.co.uk/introduction.htm [[http://downthetubes.net/?page_id=33280 here]].
28th Mar '17 5:32:50 PM ZombieAladdin
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Not to be confused with ''ComicBook/ActionComics''.
10th Jan '17 6:26:57 AM Morgenthaler
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''Hook Jaw'' was later revived in 2016 by Creator/DynamiteComics.

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9th Oct '16 3:40:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: The whole premise of ''Hook Jaw''.



* MouthCam: In ''Hook Jaw'' there are many panels shown from inside the eponymous man-eating great white shark's mouth before he sinks his teeth into another human.

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* MouthCam: In ''Hook Jaw'' there are many panels shown from inside the eponymous [[ThreateningShark man-eating great white shark's shark]]'s mouth before he sinks his teeth into another human.human.
* ThreateningShark: The whole premise of ''Hook Jaw'', which follows a huge great white shark eating humans with a lot of LudicrousGibs.
9th Oct '16 3:38:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* MouthCam: In ''Hook Jaw'' there are many panels shown from inside the eponymous man-eating great white shark's mouth before he sinks his teeth into another human.
23rd Sep '16 2:15:39 AM moloch
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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A 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. Touches of ''Film/CrossOfIron''.
* ''Dredger'': A bizarre, violent spy story revolving around the enigmatic, silent, almost force-of-nature-like Dredger, a rough, tough, ultra-violent secret agent.

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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A 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. Touches of ''Film/CrossOfIron''. It eventually folded fairly neatly into ''Comicbook/{{Battle}}''.
* ''Dredger'': A bizarre, violent spy story revolving around the enigmatic, silent, almost force-of-nature-like Dredger, a rough, tough, ultra-violent secret agent.agent somewhere between ''Film/DirtyHarry'' and ''Series/TheProfessionals''.
23rd Sep '16 2:14:08 AM moloch
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* ''Hook Jaw'': Derived from ''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.

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* ''Hook Jaw'': Derived from ''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. Generally the best-remembered strip, and revived by Si Spurrier in 2016.



* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A 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.

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* ''Hellman of Hammer Force'': A 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. Touches of ''Film/CrossOfIron''.
23rd Sep '16 1:36:39 AM moloch
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[[caption-width-right:350:''Definitely'' not suitable for adults.]]
31st Aug '16 5:47:07 AM moloch
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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 [[ComicsMerger merged]] with ''Battle Picture Weekly''.

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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 [[ComicsMerger merged]] with ''Battle ''[[Comicbook/{{Battle}} Battle Picture Weekly''.
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