Here's some more of your letters mates!
Wow! Holy shit... just came across your website ad boy did that take me back a few years... I used to read Hook Jaw as a kid but could never remember where he came from - I used to think it was in an early issue of 200AD or something... but now I got all the skinny on Action and where it all started. And what joy to read about the sanctimonious world of late 70's Britain and the power of WH Smith! So... thanks for all the hard work... brought a tear to me eye to see my mis-spent youth laid out there once again.
Is it possible to find copies of the old comics for sale or is it best to wait for you to scan 'em and then print 'em? On a side note... I'm guessing you don't get much co-operation from IPC with all of this. Do they have any interest in their heritage or is it all just conveniently swept under the carpet and not spoken of? I live in the USA these days and it just brings me joy to remember back to the "good old days" in Blighty. My question being... did you get any help or assistance from the IPC bods in terms of copyright and ownership of the strips and characters?
Anyway... keep up the good work.
Steve says: Glad you like the site, Paul. I think if IPC ever paid the slightest attention to my e-mails, they'd realise what I was up to and make me remove the site, like they did to the guy who ran the Misty fansite.
The best place for old Action issues is eBay. I replaced all the damaged ones from my original collection over about three months, then gradually managed to acquire the free gifts. I now have two complete collections with all the free gifts, plus the pre-ban Annual and Summer Special. I was lucky enough to buy Martin Barker's book when it came out, as it goes for about 70 to 80 quid these days. I have about a dozen spare issues that I'm going to get rid of in the near future, but picking up a full run is fairly straightforward.