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December 10th 2012
11:25:27 PM
What is your name?  

Andrew Smith

Age:  

47

Location:  

Watford

Favourite Action story:  

Dredger

Least favourite Action story:  

Coffin Sub

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Yes

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

Yes

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

Yes. Have most again.

Other favourite comics:  

2000AD Battle

Favourite Music:  

AOR, Melodic rock

Favourite Films:  

Blade Runner, Layer Cake, Kick Ass

Were you ever featured in Action?  

No.

Additional comments:  

As with other posts, my initial collection perished when my family moved house in the late 70s.
I recall the content causing quite a stir when I left a couple of copies in a public area on a school trip. Effectively 18+ material in the hands of an 11 year old, not difficult to see the attraction.

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September 5th 2009
05:38:19 PM
What is your name?  

Ian MacDonald

Age:  

46

Location:  

Perth, Scotland

Favourite Action story:  

Hook Jaw

Least favourite Action story:  

Blackjack

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Yes

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

Unfortunately not

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

Not yet

Other favourite comics:  

Hotspur, Lion & Thunder

Were you ever featured in Action?  

I once had a poem published on the letters page - Each line spelled out the initials of Action - 'A is for Anxiety which I have every week' was the first line. I can't remember it all, but the last line went: 'All these letters spell ACTION, the only comic for me, it really is a bargain at only 7p' Looking back, it's crap, but I was proud of it at the time and still am as I'm a part of history surrounding this great comic. My selected prize was a £1 postal order - a lot of money in those days! Can anyone tell me which edition my poem was in?

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May 19th 2009
04:02:04 PM
What is your name?  

Glenn Preston

Age:  

42

Location:  

Leicester, England

Favourite Action story:  

Hookjaw

Least favourite Action story:  

Blackjack

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Oh yes!

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

Until recently every one! Then they were "accidently" thrown away during home improvements!!!!

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

I've just bought Issue 1 on Ebay for a tenner!

Other favourite comics:  

2000ad e.t.c

Favourite Music:  

Rock

Favourite Films:  

All time is Jaws but really too many to list.

Favourite Books:  

Factual and thrillers

Do you know any good weblinks?  

fans of Tiswas make like this http://www.tiswasonline.com/

Were you ever featured in Action?  

No, but I was on Tiswas as a kid!

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April 19th 2009
02:52:42 AM
What is your name?  

Keith

Age:  

40

Location:  

Northumberland

Favourite Action story:  

Hook Jaw

Least favourite Action story:  

Footy stories

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

yes

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

I hope so. In the loft at parents if the comics have survived.

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

No

Other favourite comics:  

2000AD

Favourite Music:  

Simple Minds, U2, Big Country

Favourite Films:  

Jaws, Battle of the Bulge, Star Wars

Favourite Books:  

James Herbert

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December 18th 2008
03:59:58 AM
What is your name?  

Jose F. Goás Jul

Age:  

40

Location:  

Santiago de Compostela, Spain!

Favourite Action story:  

Hook Jaw, what else?

Least favourite Action story:  

Post-ban Hook Jaw.

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

No, in 1982. You know, this arrived late in Spain.

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

Yes, Spanish editions.

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

No, just downloaded all the Brirish originals.

Other favourite comics:  

Lots: Eisner´s, Caniff´s, Raymond´s, Foster´s, Kirby´s, Giraud´s,........

Favourite Music:  

Lots: Classic blues, Kinks, British New Wave (late 70s)...

Favourite Films:  

I´m a crazy film buff, I like too many films. ACTION could have feature something similar to Peckinpah´s "Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia could". A masterpiece. "

Favourite Books:  

Hundreds. John Buchan´s "The three hostages".

Do you know any good weblinks?  

Can´t remember now. Google "2000AD" and you can find good stuff too.

Were you ever featured in Action?  

A guy from a little town in the north of Spain? Nope.

Additional comments:  

This site is really professional, man. It proves once again that passion is the source of great enterprises.

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November 23rd 2008
02:07:25 PM
What is your name?  

david bamford

Age:  

46

Location:  

wigan

Favourite Action story:  

the runing man

Least favourite Action story:  

hook jaw

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

yes with my mate tony usually in class

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

no

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

no but thinking about it

Other favourite comics:  

hulk, fantastic four

Favourite Music:  

rolling stones, the smiths

Favourite Films:  

wicker man, marathon man etc

Favourite Books:  

1984

Do you know any good weblinks?  

no

Were you ever featured in Action?  

only in my mind {sad git my girlfriend says}

Additional comments:  

great site

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May 18th 2008
11:11:34 AM
What is your name?  

Mark

Age:  

44

Location:  

Midlands,UK

Favourite Action story:  

Death Game 1999, Dredger

Least favourite Action story:  

Can't remember not liking any, though always thought the annuals weren't as good as the comic.

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Hell yes!

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

Only the annuals, unfortuantely

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

No

Other favourite comics:  

Pre-Action, Whizzer and Chips; post-Action, Deadline

Favourite Music:  

Then it was Stranglers, 999, Wire, Lurkers, etc. etc.

Favourite Films:  

Hardware, Aliens

Favourite Books:  

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Were you ever featured in Action?  

I was too busy playing outside to write letters!

Additional comments:  

Thank you, Moose. What a brilliant website.

   

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March 29th 2008
03:00:57 PM
What is your name?  

Paul

Age:  

41

Location:  

N.Ireland

Favourite Action story:  

Hook Jaw

Least favourite Action story:  

Look out for Lefty

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Yep

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

No

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

Trying

Other favourite comics:  

2000AD

Favourite Music:  

70s Rock

Favourite Films:  

70s again I'm afraid

Were you ever featured in Action?  

No but my best friend sent a letter in which got published. Something about seeing a group of lads playing footie and using a 'No Ball Games' sign as a goal post. Ah, simpler times...

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December 30th 2007
08:19:23 AM
What is your name?  

Aaron Raisey

Age:  

38

Location:  

Seoul, Korea

Favourite Action story:  

Hook Jaw

Least favourite Action story:  

Blackjack

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Yes

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

No

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

No

Other favourite comics:  

2000AD, Battle Action

Favourite Music:  

still 70s Sabbath and 70s Priest

Favourite Films:  

Blade Runner, 2001, Excalibur

Favourite Books:  

Anything by Gene Wolfe

Do you know any good weblinks?  

Yes

Were you ever featured in Action?  

No

Additional comments:  

My younger brother and I read Action as a youngsters back in New Zealand. I had forgotten practically everything about this comic (except HJ) until I found this site. Thank you so much, it's wonderful to read these issues again!! An interesting story that I have never forgotten: I was only about 7 years old when we started getting this comic. I remember staying overnight at my best friends house for the first time. He had a large family (parents and 3 older sisters in their late teens/early 20s). We were all sitting at the dinner table and for some reason I started telling them about this new comic - Issue 2 was the latest. I described in detail the demise of the mailman in Hook Jaw, all bloody and his pants coming down (the pants coming down I distinctly remember describing). I couldn't quite understand the reactions of my friends family. Anyway, that's the one enduring image of Action that has stuck with me all these years. The unfortunate mailman. Thanks again. I'm sure you have touched many people with this site in the same way you have affected me.

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September 30th 2007
04:34:20 PM
What is your name?  

Scott

Age:  

40

Location:  

Above England

Favourite Action story:  

Hookjaw

Least favourite Action story:  

Lefty

Were you an Action reader in 1976?  

Hell yes

Do you still have any issues of Action?  

All of them

Have you ever bought replacement copies?  

No

Other favourite comics:  

2000ad, Judge Dredd Megazine,

Favourite Music:  

Punk, Indie, The Blues, Rock'n'Roll,

Favourite Films:  

Taxi driver, Train Spotting, 2001,

Favourite Books:  

Catch 22, Train Spotting, LOTR's, The Time Machine, War of the worlds

Do you know any good weblinks?  

spall.com

Were you ever featured in Action?  

No

   

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