| 14th February 1976 - 7th October 1978 |
| Written by Stuart Wales and Geoff Kemp, Gerry Finley-Day, Terry Magee and others. |
| Art by Geoff Campion, Ricardo Villagran, Leandro Sesarego, Jim Eldridge, Jesus Blasco, Costa, Jorge Galvez. |
When Action returned, Dredger had changed. For some time, words such as 'dirty' were no-longer used. He was tough and cold, but he was clean. The backlog of stories were edited to fit the new regime whilst new stories were written and drawn. Stuart Wales and Geoff Kemp, the former Money Man and editor respectively, wrote the bulk of the new stories together, with contributions from several other writers. Pre-ban regulars Ricardo Villagran and Leandro Sesarego did not return for any new work. A few weeks of rolling art chores followed, with episodes from Geoff Campion, Jim Eldridge, Jesus Blasco and Costa, before Campion became the regular series artist until its conclusion in the pages of Action. John Cooper took over the title following the merger with Battle. Strangely, Dredger almost shook off the new editorial restrictions entirely as the weeks passed. He still said "heck" instead of "hell", but he went back to shooting dirty great holes in people with his dirty great Magnum, shedding lots of blood for all to see. His amorality returned, to such an extent that they even started calling him "dirty" again.
Included here are the strips from 11th December 1976 and 8th and 15th October 1977. The first shows something of the shift in style, although this was probably an edited version of a pre-ban story. By October 1977, Action was in sharp decline and already on its way out. These episodes show Dredger having something of a return to form, and feature some graphic scenes of violence. Too little, too late unfortunately...