Too much action: how Action drowned in its own ultraviolence

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Too much action: how Action drowned in its own ultraviolence

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From today's Guardian:
Too much action: how kids' comic Action drowned in its own ultraviolence
Forty years after the sudden demise of a popular 70s comic, David Barnett looks back at its shocking tales of football hooliganism, savage sharks and rampaging teenagers:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/ ... publishing

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Just read the article. Always good to have the comics we're interested in mentioned in the mainstream press, but it's a bit of a thin article I thought, with no questioning of the received story that we have heard several times before now. Steve MacManus in "The Mighty One" said he thought Action was a bit reckless and pushing it too far, not judging it as neatly as at the beginning of the run of Action. I thought that was an interesting take on it, it'd be good to have heard from a few more voices from the past on this.
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I have the 2000 AD documentary and Mills was saying there that the cover with the anarchist kids turned out looking like a policeman was about to be assaulted on the cover, but really it was a muck-up in the colouring dept, with the policemans' helmet just happening to be lying there seperately.



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ISPYSHHHGUY wrote:I have the 2000 AD documentary and Mills was saying there that the cover with the anarchist kids turned out looking like a policeman was about to be assaulted on the cover, but really it was a muck-up in the colouring dept, with the policemans' helmet just happening to be lying there seperately.



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yes.

Attacking cops is more anti-Establishment than 'merely' civilians getting a hiding from thugs, and the likes of Nationwide with Frank Bough would have been foaming at the mouth at this one.

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What I found ridiculous was that it was obvious that the guy being attacked was wearing a suit and not a policeman's uniform.

It was a manufactured moral panic and it was a deliberate closure of a stream of criticism aimed in the general direction of the establishment.
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