Battle Action Force was published weekly by IPC Magazines, LTD for 165 issues between 1983 & 1986. The format of the comic is actually more similar to a newspaper, a much larger format then US comics, mostly black & white and with newspaper style paper. Each issue usually contained at least 6 different continuing series stories. During the GI Joe/Action Force run, there were usually 2 or 3 Action Force stories lasting about 10 pages along with 3 other unrelelated series.
In England, Palitoy released a toy line of similar, sometimes exact moulds of the Hasbro GI Joe toys. These toys called Action Force all had individual names and stories. These Action Force characters were fighting the Red Shadows before the Marvel GI Joe characters appeared and they continued to periodically appear once Cobra was born.
These characters biographies can be seen in the Action Force Data Files section.
After 69 issues with just the original Action Force characters, the American GI Joe characters began to appear. Although, they were still called Action Force and technically all part of the same fighting force. A major change to the storyline happens when Baron Ironblood of the Red Shadows changes his identity into Cobra Commander.
And this conversion can be read in a two part story here. Part 1 and Part 2
This conversion is the moment that divides the Battle Action Force run into two different waves.
What is available to view are just the issues in which the Action Force/Red Shadows & Action Force(GI Joe)/Cobra characters were apart of the title.
All issues covers are available to view, but due to the sheer amount of issues released most are missing summary, etc type information.
All of the GI Joe/Action Force stories in Battle Action Force are completely original.
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