The History of Action
This section details Action’s all too brief history, from the original concept and inception, through its development, to its swift decline, fall and inevitable death. Much of the research was taken from Action – The Story of a Violent Comic by Professor Martin Barker, currently of Aberystwyth University, who kindly gave permission to quote him liberally.
Additional material was taken from his earlier book Comics: Ideology, Power and the Critics and from his original research. Former Action staffers proved to be useful sources, offering additional information to help put this area together. Thanks to them for their input.
The story of Action doesn’t end with the comic itself. The controversy surroundingAction had an impact on the way IPC produced comics for many years, and this negative effect will be detailed in the upcoming ‘Legacy’ section, to be commenced in the near future.