| Issue 21 |
|Cover Date |
| 3rd July 1976 |
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Money Man is in Bournemouth. Also featured, Where The Sports Action Is in July. Cricket Class replaces Soccer Sessions.
This issue's Dredger is by Death Game artist Costa, who begins a short run on the strip.
Action begins its Letterpress run on poor quality newsprint. The pages are wider, the colour is poor and the whole thing looks decidedly second rate compared with the high quality issues printed previously.
| || Dredger |
In Rio de Janeiro, Dredger and Breed discover the body of a missing agent, who turns to dust before their eyes. The killers are still in the building, carrying a potent toxin. Following a gun battle, Dredger injects one of the killers with a hypo of the toxin. The man disintegrates, which persuades his partner to talk. They are working for a man called Strasser, who developed the toxin. Strasser is traced to a restaurant, where Dredger and Breed disguise themselves as waiters. Dredger takes Strasser outside with a magnum to his head, but Breed is attacked by Strasser's goons in the carnival procession. Dredger injects Strasser with a hypo, then helps Breed escape. As they leave, Breed observes that Strasser's body hasn't crumbled to dust. Dredger reveals that the hypo contained water, and that Strasser must have been so scared that he died of heart failure.
| || Green's Grudge War |
On a mission to destroy an enemy radio station, Green finally gets the chance to walk all over Bold when his rival throws himself onto German barbed wire. The rest of their team pass over the wire, but Green has to cut Bold free. By the time he is finished, the two men are separated from their unit. Making their own way to town, they miss the target. Green decides to blow up a bridge instead, thinking that this will earn him a medal. They then miss the rendezvous with their boat home, and escape by the skins of their teeth. Back at base, the two men are charged with disobeying orders, and spend the next two weeks peeling spuds.
| || Hellman of the Afrika Korps |
Over-run by American forces led by Rock, Hellman makes a last stand among the ancient ruins of Carthage. Rock uses Sherman rocket launchers to destroy Hellman's Tiger. With his crew dead, Hellman uses the Tiger's turret to bring the ruins down on Rock and his men. Beating Rock in a hand-to-hand fight, Hellman uses discretion as the better part of valour and flees into the catacombs and down to the coast.
| || Blackjack |
Jack takes some Hapkido lessons from Dr. Feng, who tests his skills and his senses. After a quick trip to see Solly, Yank and Cassie, he goes to a record company office where he has a chance of a recording contract to earn some money. He walks in just as company exec Perelli kills his partner Lennox, who has found out about Perelli fixing the books. Jack grabs Perelli but the man escapes, then having realised that Jack is blind, re-enters the room to 'discover' Jack standing over Lennox's body, knife in hand.
| || Hook Jaw |
Hook Jaw bursts in to the underwater restaurant and begins snacking on the would-be diners. Mason uses a fire extinguisher and some kitchen knives to fend of sharks as he rescues the guests. With gas flooding out of the broken pipes, Mason makes a Molotov cocktail, and to Gelder's dismay, blows up the restaurant. Hook Jaw is injured, but escapes over the reef.
| || Look Out For Lefty! |
Lefty continues to buddy up to Sid, all the while using the useless one to gain the trust of Smythe senior. With Angie's help, the sport shop owner is persuaded that garden gnomes dressed as pop stars are the latest fad. Smythe asks Gosling to secure a supply for him, knowing that Lefty has some gnomes he is trying to get rid of. As the match ends, Lefty reluctantly agrees to sell on the gnomes and the horror masks for fifty quid. Soon Lefty, Angie and Gramps are celebrating their sting, and the thirty quid they made on the deal.
| || Death Game 1999 |
A re-animated Al Rico attacks the Karson City team, killing one of the men. An electric jolt to the brain brings him under control, but his mental programming is obviously faulty. Smailes relishes the prospect of Rico's return, which fills Taggart with horror. Rico is little more than a lumbering moron with fantastic strength. Joe decides that he must be rid of Rico as quickly as possible. Under the guise of recruiting new players to replace the dead, he goes to the Death Block where Mad Otto is held. He offers Otto a deal, play spinball and have a chance of freedom from the chair, in return for Rico's death.
| || Hell's Highway |
Danny and Steve regain control of the rig, but Steve gets shot in the shoulder as they escape. They are chased to a deserted gas station, but manage to destroy the chopper and kill their pursuers. Stranded and out of gas, they see another chopper approach. They prepare to make a stand, but on board the chopper is Hartwell. He shows them their cargo...concrete blocks. Danny and Steve were a decoy for the real shipment. The boys blow their tops at Hartwell, but the agent says he has some more jobs for them before they get their licenses back.