Battle Action Force

May 18th, 1985
(Wave 2 #524)

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 & Killer from the Deep
Notes of Interest:
First appearance of Copperhead.
Data File: Mutt & Junkyard.

From the collection of Josh Eggebeen

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Revenge of the Red Shadows
Story #1
Story Title: Revenge of the Red Shadows (front cover)
Creative Team: Writer: Gerry Day, Artist: Jim Watson, Letterer: Cliff McGee
Summary: Duke and Flash are trapped between the attack forces of the Red Shadows and Cobra. Red Laser is picking off AF troops that aren't under cover. Cobra Commander makes his way to the Red Shadows lines were he is confronted by Black Major. Unknown to Black Major Cobra Commander is Baron Ironblood the former leader of the Red Shadows. Once they meet he reveals his true identity and Cobra Commander sprays Black Major with his cobra venom spray. Duke makes a charge out of his lines to capture the Commander. Flash fires at Red Laser almost killing him. After immobilizing Black Major his spray, Cobra Commander flies from Duke. He jumps on a Water Moccasin piloted by Copperhead. Red Vulture saves Black Major. And the battle is over. Later, Duke and Major Flagg get the files on the Red Shadows and they realize that they now have to fight two ruthless terror organizations.
Major Players:
Action Force: None
GI Joe: Major Flagg, Duke, Flash
Cobra: Cobra Commander/Baron Ironblood, Copperhead
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,Mex and the capture McGarvey are escaping from Sam Slater, Ellis, Rivers and several other of McGarvey's men. Ellis finds them first and kills Mex just a s Brewster kills Ellis. A little later in a mist Rivers accidentally kills one of his own men. McGarvey attempts to escape but Brewster stops him. In the distance, Slater and Rivers hear gun fire and race to catch up. they find McGarvey and Brewster laying face down in the mud.
Major Players:
Action Force: None
GI Joe: Gung-Ho (Harry Brewster)
Cobra: None
Red Shadows: None
Others: Jake McGarvey, Sam Slater, Mex, Rivers, Ellis

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