The one serial that everybody remembers from Action, is of course, 'that really gory one about the shark', or to give it it's proper title: Hook Jaw!
Hook Jaw was, obviously, a rip-off of Jaws, but a peculiarly British rip-off. Here the shark was basically the hero, with every human character being completely vile and evil, and thoroughly deserving of their fate as the bloodthirsty shark's dinner. ( Except for Rick Mason, the one guy with brains enough to respect Hook Jaw and stay well away from him. Even though, in the end, that doesn't save him either. )
It was written by Ken Armstrong & Pat Mills, and drawn in the first instance by Ramon Sola, whose art had a real Pablo Marcos look about it.
Some fans have seen this strip as some kind of ecological horror story, with our fishy fiend representing nature fighting back against the exploitation of man. I prefer to see it as an extremely well-done black humour strip, where the fun is in anticipating the inevitable punchline of the bad guys' getting their just desserts, and ending up in Hook Jaw's stomach.
Mills & Wagner repeatedly returned to the idea of humanity as foodstuff, in 2000AD strips like Flesh, Shako and various episodes of Judge Dredd. But this is probably the purest example of their total gallows humour.
Here's the first three episodes. No! The Jaws.....AAARRGHH!!!
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2000 AD - June 1980.
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