| Issue 17 |
|Cover Date |
| 5th June 1976 |
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Part two of the four part Hook Jaw poster takes the centre pages. Money Man returns, hitting the beaches of Britain. This week it's Hayling Island. Also featured, Where The Sports Action Is in June.
The stand-in artist on Hook Jaw this week is Battle stalwart Eric Bradbury. The late master worked on many IPC titles in the 70s and 80s. These three pages were his only strip work for Action, although he provided a series of covers that were never seen because of the ban.
| || Dredger |
In another poorly written and drawn episode, Dredger quits D.I.6., but is ordered to carry out a final assignment. He and Breed have to keep Charles Wilkins out of circulation for a few days. Avoiding CIA interference, Dredger eventually gets Wilkins onto an old barge on the Thames. Wilkins fakes a heart attack and as Dredger tries to get his medication, Wilkins does a runner, or rather, makes a swim for it. As a police launch approaches, Dredger fires a warning shot, but Wilkins dies. He tells the police who he works for, but Breed is watching from a nearby crane, rifle in hand. In an implausible twist, Breed must have used psychic powers to know of the escape attempt and several other variables, enabling him to shoot Wilkins and framed Dredger so that he can never quit.
| || Green's Grudge War |
Annoyed at the German commander for singling Green out for death, Bold chimes in and gets to face the firing squad too. As the two men wait to meet their end in a Gestapo held castle, Green decides to come clean about the grudge. As he begins to explain, the Germans take Bold away to die. Moments later they return for Green, but as he is marched out of the cell, French Maquis fighters storm the castle. Believing Bold dead, Green fights like a man possessed to even the score for him, only to discover that Bold has survived. The raid on the E-boats was just a diversion for the French to take out a bigger target. The French commander gives Green a letter for his commander saying how bravely Bold fought. As they board the boat home Bold asks Green what he was talking about earlier, but Green has dried up now, and burns the letter. If there's no glory for him, Bold won't get any either.
| || Hellman of the Afrika Korps |
Stuck in the desert with all his tanks destroyed, Hellman is less than overjoyed when Kastner returns to plague him. A radio message from Rommel orders Hellman and the Italian troops to withdraw, but thanks to Kastner's incompetence, they are spotted by a British patrol. Hellman deals with some Sikh scouts, and using panzer armour to reinforce the lead truck, they break through the British roadblock. As the rest of Hellman's men follow through the roadblock in the other trucks, one of the Italians sacrifices himself to save Hellman from the Sikhs' last assault. Kastner survives, having hidden in the back of Hellman's truck.
| || Blackjack |
The pre-fight psyche out commences. Malcolm Dali is refusing to fight Jack as he doesn't believe him to be a worthy contender. Both fighters employ dirty tactics against each other. Dali uses a ventreloquist's dummy of Jack on national television to make him look bad. Jack responds by giving Dali a birthday party to remember. He gives Dali a boxing ring as a gift, and then beats the only three fighters ever to beat Dali, in front of all his guests. Dali is mad, and agrees to fight Jack.
| || Hook Jaw |
Mason and the natives battle with Hook Jaw, spearing him in the shallow waters. Smelling blood in the water, other sharks enter the lagoon. Mason manages to get more spears into Hook Jaw, but the native boats are soon overrun by smaller sharks causing chaos. As mason is about to deliver the death blow to the great white, he is swiped off his feet by another shark's tail. Hook Jaw escapes, having gored a tiger shark on his hook. Gelder arrives, believing the dead shark to be the root of his problems, and will not listen to anybody who says otherwise.
| || Look Out For Lefty! Moggsy is mad at Lefty after the cigarette swallowing incident, and hurls a brick at him. Lefty isn't too bothered as he is on his way to apply for a post at Wigford Rovers. Mike Roberts accepts him as substitute for the youth team. Meanwhile, Grandpa has bought an overpriced lot of horror masks and garden gnomes, and he's blown the rent money on them. Nobody is interested in buying the junk, and lefty misses a date with Angie trying to sell them on. Arriving late for his Wigford debut, Lefty is surprised to see the opposition being lead onto the pitch by Moggsy's brother Badger. |
| || Death Game 1999 |
Death rules the game, as Taggart's hate filled squad refuse to obey tactics and fight amongst themselves. Fort Lash lay waste to a few players in spectacular style and Karson City fail to score. Taggart puts a few points on the board but a brawl breaks out leaving Karson with two dead and four seriously wounded. During a time out Taggart is called a chicken, so as the teams take to the ice again, he attempts a 'suicide scoop'.
| || The Running Man |
Carter falls from the Golden Gate into the river, where he is picked up by some Scarlatti mobsters. Held captive on their boat, he is told that they are taking him to Franco's on Market Street. An opportunity arises for Carter to make his escape, and having dispatched several of the mob, he runs to Franco's, a barber's shop, and threatens the proprietor with a cut-throat razor until he is let into the back room. Vito is running a loan-sharking office, and as Carter enters, Vito pulls a gun and fires. His madness has obviously worsened and he has Carter firmly in his sights.