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Battle Action Force

March 9th, 1985
(Wave 2 #514)

Comic Information
Country: England
Publisher: IPC Magazines LTD
Release: Weekly
Duration: Wave 2 Cobra Era -- 96 Issues

Additional Non Action Force Stories: Johnny Red, The Nightmare, Charley's War & The Sarge
Notes of Interest:
Data Files: Duke
First Appearance of Zartan
Introduction of the Baroness, Recondo, Flash & Rip Cord.

Battle Weapons File(back page):Sky Fighters: Mitsubishi F-1 (Japan) vs Tornado (Great Britain)


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Operation: Snakebite
The Baroness
Story #1
Story Title: Operation: Snakebite
Creative Team: Writer: Gerry Day, Artist: Jim Watson, Letterer: Clive McGee
Summary: In the Florida Everglades, 3 new recruits are reporting for duty at the Action Force training ground, Flash and Rip Cord are from England and Recondo is from Australia. They arrive and are meet by Duke the Top Sergeant and Major Flagg. They get the tour and then they promptly head off into the Everglades for a patrol. Flying above in a Cobra CLAW is a mystery man who is using a high speed camera to map the area around the training ground. Reb, an Action Force member, is monitoring his sentry post and spots the mystery man. He is killed with a poison dart made of ice. Later, back at the camp the new AF members find out that one of there members has died of a snakebite, Reb.
Major Players:
Action Force: Blower, Reb, Zack
GI Joe: Major Flagg, Duke, Flash, Recondo, Rip Cord
Cobra: Cobra Commander, Zartan
Red Shadows: None

Story #2
Story Title: The Baroness (front cover)
Creative Team: Writer: James Nicholas, Artist: Vanyo, Letterer: Peter Knight
Summary: The origin of the Baroness. As a rebellion against her rich parents, a young Anna Von Stromberg of Vienna has joined up with a group like minded people who want to start a series of terrorist attacks. Anna sneaks out of her house and is followed by a private detective Hans Relker to the hideout where the group is meeting. Bruno, Karl, Helga and Anna discover Hans spying on them, Anna orders him to be taken outside and shot and Bruno does it. They begin planning. Two days later Anna has her driver drive her out to the country wear the rest of group waits. They knock out the driver and drive the car off the cliff, basically faking Anna's death. Then she declares "From now on you will call me by my new name...The Baroness."
Major Players:
Action Force:None
GI Joe: None
Cobra: Baroness (Anna von Stromberg)
Red Shadows: None
Others: Karl, Bruno, Helga, Anton von Stromberg (Baroness' father), Hans Relker,

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