The 1970's were the decade that I did most of my comic book reading - I was five years old at the start of the decade and when it ended I was mid-way through my teenage years. This was the age to be reading comic books and although I have kept reading comics into middle age and seen some amazing use of the medium, nothing can compare to the total immersion I felt during my childhood years.
The 1970's was an
extremely active decade for British comics and many of the most fondly
remembered titles came from these years - 2000AD was launched mid way
through the decade, Battle Picture Weekly came a little earlier, as did
Action. The latter not to be confused with the American title of the
same name which showcased Superman. The UK Action was a totally
different beast. In other parts of pop culture the 70's saw the birth
and demise of British Punk and there was a new attitude that swept the
old aside. This new attitude was reflected in UK comics, particularly in
the more edgier titles published by IPC/Fleetway. Titles such as 2000AD
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius,
the theme of some TV show told us (and for the life of me I can't
remember what that show was) and at least in terms of comic books we
were entering a brave new world.
the decade ended and we moved towards the 1980's, a kid of the time
would have been left feeling things had improved. Video Recorders were
just making an appearance, Betamax and VHS, and we had the first home
computer games - that these games consisted of a square pixel hitting a
smaller square pixel around the screen with only two sound effects
didn't matter. These were cutting edge and we marveled at the graphics.
How things would change - the two colour world of the Sinclair Spectrum
was just around the corner.
70's it had been a cool time to be a kid and life for us imitated art
or at least Star Wars and we ended the decade by seeing a female version
of Darth Vader become Prime Minister. From then on it wasn't such a
cool world....ven today it remains not such a cool world.
commemorate the 70's in comics we present a scan of Jack Adrian's Kid's
Rule OK from the controversial comic, Action. Remember click on any
image for a larger version and find a full history of the UK Action