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Battle Action Force

May 4th, 1985
(Wave 2 #522)

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:
Reappearance of Red Shadow member Red Vulture
Data File: Breaker.

Battle Weapons File(back page): Leopard Tank

From the collection of Josh Eggebeen

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Revenge of the Red Shadows
Gung-Ho
Story #1
Story Title: Revenge of the Red Shadows front cover)
Creative Team: Writer: Gerry Day, Artist: Jim Watson, Letterer: Cliff McGee
Summary: Action Force has set a trap for Cobra Commander. They faked a discovery of a temple in India of a God that worshipped cobras and put it out as news article. Cobra Commander in his bases in the jungle of Thailand picks up on the article and prepares to visit the site personally. In France, Black Major and Red Laser of the Red Shadows sneak into a facility holding Red Vulture and 30 Red Shadows soldiers. He frees them but leaves them to be activated when they are needed. After several more rescues across Europe, Black Major discovers the news article and figures out that Action Force is setting a trap for Cobra Commander, who is actually Baron Ironblood. He then activates his revived Red Shadows force of two thousand soldiers. Now, all three forces are headed to India.
Major Players:
Action Force: None
GI Joe: Major Flagg, Duke, Flash, Breaker
Cobra: Cobra Commander/Baron Ironblood
Red Shadows: Black Major, Red Laser, Red Vulture

Story #2
Story Title: Gung-Ho (
Creative Team: Writer: James Nicholas, Artist: John Cooper, Letterer: Peter Knight
Summary: A pre-Action Force story about Gung-Ho. Brewster and Mex are both lucky and avoid being shot. They take down Carter and capture McGarvey. Mex ties up McGarvey and they walk away from the boat. Brewster plans on taking the corrupt gun running murdering Sheriff to justice in town. But Brewster doubles back on the path and watches as McGarvey's men take some of the guns and follow their trail. Brewster then blows up the boat with the guns and heads off in a different direction. But the seaplane that dropped of the guns piloted by Carter and with Styles riding shotgun, spot Brewster, Mex and McGarvey and begin a dive bombing run on them.
Major Players:
Action Force: None
GI Joe: Gung-Ho (Harry Brewster)
Cobra: None
Red Shadows: None
Others: Jake McGarvey, Sam Slater, Mex, Carter, Styles

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