March 2nd, 1985
Publisher: IPC Magazines LTD
Duration: Wave 2 Cobra Era -- 96 Issues Additional Non Action Force Stories: Johnny Red, The Nightmare, Charley's War & The Sarge
Introduction of Duke.
First appearance of Gung-Ho, Stalker, Blowtorch, Breaker, Flash, Short-Fuse
Battle Weapons File(back page): Flakpanzer
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World Enemy No.1
Code name: Stakeout
Creative Team: Writer:Gerry Day, Artist:John Cooper, Letterer:Peter Knight
Summary: Destro, Major Bludd & Storm Shadow lead raids on oil fields all over Southeast Asia. Major Flagg in his high speed Blackbird airplane is able to observe and take photos of these raids. He is even successful in scaring off Major Bludd. Destro runs into the Gurkhas soldiers that turn him back. As Major Flagg is waiting for his Blackbird to refuel, he sees a plastic bomb attached to his plane. He is able to just escape as the plane blows up. Firefly has just joined Cobra and completed his first mission. At Cobra Commander's headquarters, he rallies his troops and congratulates Firefly. On a plane back the US, Major Flagg begins recruitment of members for Action Force.
Creative Team: Writer: J. Nicholas, Artist: Jim Watson, Letterer: N. Eaton
Summary: Albert Jones has escaped prison and is believed dead. But he is actually headed home to see is mother in Liverpool. After a quick visit with his mother and brother, Jones heads to the docks to escape the country on a boat. He sees four Red Shadow soldiers beating up a man. He jumps the soldiers taking out two, the man recovers and takes out the other two. The man being beaten up is Cap. Buckingham of Action Force. The cops arrive and arrest Jones. Days later at the prison, Cap. Buckingham visits Jones and offers him a chance to turn over a new leaf and join Action Force. Now he is known as Stakeout.
Creative Team: Writer: Gerry Day, Artist: Geoff Campion, Letterer: Clive McGee
Summary: Duke has just finished leading a squad of Army Ranger's on a successful mission to liberate a small island. He is put on an airplane back to the States to receive his new commission. On the plane is the island's bank reserves. Several of the island's soldiers are in disguise as US MP soldiers. They attempt to kill one of the pilots but Duke dives in front of the pilot to save him and appears dead. The soldiers using parachutes throw out the money and along with themselves parachute to freedom. Unknown to them, Duke had hid in one of the money bags and is able to get the drop on them once on the ground. He calls in reinforcements and saves the day. Major Flagg hears about Duke's actions and recruits him to be the Top Sergeant in Action Force, weeks later Duke can be seen training the new Action Force members.
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