Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by philcom55 » 31 May 2015, 12:40

It's gone relatively quiet for the last couple of days but I'd guess that most people who're prepared to make four-figure bids will be relying on last-minute sniping software.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by ISPYSHHHGUY » 31 May 2015, 15:25

I had a look at a version of this dated issue on computer and it never struck me as anything especially gruesome: indeed the very early 2000 AD progs from just a few months later contain more graphically tasteless images, I reckon...


---of course, maybe I have just seen a 'neutered' version of this issue, I have not been following this saga as avidly as perhaps I should have-----this item is all over the 2000 AD forum [and presumably elsewhere] as well.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by geoff42 » 31 May 2015, 19:13

£2555 in the end. A bit of an anti-climax, really. No last minute duel. I guess the winner put down a big marker and, just to make sure, backed it with an additional bid. But it wasn't required in the end. Congratulations.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by SID » 31 May 2015, 19:23

Must admit I was tempted but not that tempted. Besides my other half would had have a fit.
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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by philcom55 » 31 May 2015, 19:35

...Of course, we'll never know how high the eventual winner was prepared to go.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by Anorak783 » 31 May 2015, 21:35

4 minutes before this deal, a set of 11 pre-ban Actions jumped from (as I recall) £28.00 to £43.00 in the last minute. That's where the action was (ho-ho!)

I never knew Action's were so cheap. I hope this doesn't lead to a surge in prices.

With the possible exception of TV21, if any comic has ever warranted a set of deluxe reprints, this is the one.

("Eagle" has already had its set of deluxe reprints, Eagle fans.... or Dan Dare fans, at least....)

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by SID » 04 Jun 2015, 11:27

I did at some point had a regular order for Action when it was being published but dropped it after a while as it never really 'clicked' with me. It was only when it got merged did I become interested again.

Recently, however, I was lucky enough to get hold of a full collection (but not including the £2555 issue alas). It was a good comic badly judged.

I do think that Strip (which reprinted some of the Dredger and Hookjaw strips) could have been a worthy successor if only it had lasted.
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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by suebutcher » 10 Jun 2015, 05:36

On the subject of ultra-violent IPC comics, was it a copy of Action that featured the immortal words "And then my head fell off!" on the cover? I saw this comic in the collection of the son of one of my mum's workmates, and I'm afraid it didn't improve my opinion of him!

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by abacus » 10 Jun 2015, 08:32

suebutcher wrote:On the subject of ultra-violent IPC comics, was it a copy of Action that featured the immortal words "And then my head fell off!" on the cover? I saw this comic in the collection of the son of one of my mum's workmates, and I'm afraid it didn't improve my opinion of him!
I think we are similar to computers in that what we feed into our system helps form us.I don' t think too much violence is of benefit to us.That's just my opinion of course.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by philcom55 » 10 Jun 2015, 10:25

...Does it make me a bad person that I think "And then my head fell off!" is a great line? :)

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by abacus » 10 Jun 2015, 11:52

philcom55 wrote:...Does it make me a bad person that I think "And then my head fell off!" is a great line? :)
No,I recall a similiar incidence happening with 'HUMPTY DUMPTY' :) It's the graphic depiction of bloody violence i'm not too keen on.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by suebutcher » 11 Jun 2015, 13:19

It made me wince at first, then I laughed - I guess that's why it stuck in my memory!

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by ISPYSHHHGUY » 12 Jun 2015, 04:18

I had a look through the ACTION archives last night, and the pre-ban issues do contain some graphically violent scenarios; but it is so deliberately tasteless and lurid, I never found it especially disturbing; I would put this 'shock tactics' approach on par with the EVIL DEAD films: nasty stuff, but obviously staged for entertainment.


I do concur that the UK comics scene probably needed a shake-up of sorts come the late 70s, and ACTION was just the remedy---there was a story I liked, a sort of kitchen-sink crime drama, called THE PROBATIONER that I appreciated, it was well drawn and had good British quirks---I was just getting into this, and it ended mid-way through, and very abruptly, partly through the sudden ban. I done research on this, and it was dropped without explanation, revealing the chaos surrounding this comics' crisis at the time.

The post-ban 'neutered' issues were not quite as toothless as some naysayers would have led me believe, but a lot of the early vital spirit was lost, that is certain.

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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by geoff42 » 11 Jul 2015, 15:59

my copy arrived today, via a private deal that was brokered before I went on holiday on June 30th. A great looking copy and one that I will treasure till my dying days. I had a bonus enclosed with it from the previous owner, a letter from Robin Smith. Doesn't get better than this.
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Re: Uncensored Action! (The Best of Action)

Post by Lew Stringer » 11 Jul 2015, 17:40

geoff42 wrote:my copy arrived today, via a private deal that was brokered before I went on holiday on June 30th. A great looking copy and one that I will treasure till my dying days. I had a bonus enclosed with it from the previous owner, a letter from Robin Smith. Doesn't get better than this.

Remember I said earlier in this thread that I knew of an IPC editor who had a copy? I didn't feel it right to name him then but that was Robin. I remember him telling me about 30 years ago he had a copy. Good to know he kept it, and that you now have it. :up:
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