Issues of Action were prepared some seven weeks in advance. Scripts were written even further ahead, but normally finished artwork existed for about seven issues. The persistent rumour that surrounds this issue goes like this: once the next issue was ready for production, 30 copies would be run off of the presses for proof reading and internal checks. The 37th issue of Action had reached this phase when the plug was pulled. A full production run was never implemented, making this issue extremely rare.

Unfortunately, it transpires that this rumour is, in fact, total bollocks. Former 2000AD art editor Robin Smith is one of the lucky few to own a copy of Action 37. He tells a sad tale of IPC production that fateful week. A full print run was completed, something in the region of 200,000 copies were produced. Free copies were distributed to a regular list of recipients, including staff and others, and a set number were reserved as file copies, to be kept in the IPC archive. Once the ban was instigated, the remaining copies were pulled from distribution and sent off to be pulped. Thatís just about every issue, turned back into paper sludge. IPC later destroyed all the file copies of every issue, leaving only a scant few in the hands of the comps list. Action 37 has appeared on eBay for upwards of £350, although the quoted value is closer to £200.

This issue was important for several reasons. The original stories had already begun to be toned down. Alterations were made to both text and art before going to press. Kidís Rule O.K. had half a page removed entirely because of the graphic violence taking place as a battle raged between the Malvern Road Gang and a group of enthusiastic Police Cadets. In Death Game 1999, new artist Massimo Belardinelli drew a particularly spectacular panel featuring the death, by explosion, of Karson City Warden Kruger. The panel was obscured by a giant white BA-ROOM!, entirely covering the disembodied portions of Krugerís corpse. Action Staffer John Smith tried to save the original artwork by adding the sound effect lettering as an overlay, rather than painting onto the original art, but unfortunately all of Belardinelliís finished work íwent missingí from the IPC archive, until very recently.
When Action eventually resurfaced on December 4th, major changes had been made to the issue. Kidís Rule O.K. and Probationer had been axed from the comic. Further edits in both art and dialogue were made to the remaining stories that survived the transition from the October 23rd issue. Tragically, Death Game 1999 was cut to pieces and sacrificed at the alter of moderation. The Karson City Killers story was compressed to a mere four pages. The insipid Spinball emerged in its place, but would never fill its shoes. Even the cover was recycled for the December 11th issue.

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#1

Date: 2/14/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $15.00
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#2

Date: 2/21/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $10.00
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#3

Date: 2/28/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#4

Date: 3/6/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#5

Date: 3/13/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#6

Date: 3/20/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#7

Date: 3/27/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#8

Date: 4/3/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#9

Date: 4/10/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#10

Date: 4/17/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $6.00
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#11

Date: 4/24/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#12

Date: 5/1/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#13

Date: 5/8/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#14

Date: 5/15/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#15

Date: 5/22/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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Another Action Sports Scoreboard.  

#16

Date: 5/29/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#17

Date: 6/4/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#18

Date: 6/12/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#19

Date: 6/19/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#20

Date: 6/26/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#21

Date: 7/3/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#22

Date: 7/10/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#23

Date: 7/17/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#24

Date: 7/24/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#25

Date: 7/31/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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Money Man is in Cromer. Also featured, another Action Sports Scoreboard.  

#26

Date: 8/7/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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A write up of Money Man in Hayling Island, plus Where The Sports Action Is in August.  

#27

Date: 8/14/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#28

Date: 8/21/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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Another Action Sports Scoreboard.  

#29

Date: 8/28/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#30

Date: 9/4/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#31

Date: 9/11/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#32

Date: 9/18/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#33

Date: 9/25/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#34

Date: 10/2/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#35

Date: 10/9/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#36

Date: 10/16/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#37

Date: 12/4/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#37 Variation A

Date: 10/23/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#38

Date: 12/11/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#39

Date: 12/18/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#40

Date: 12/25/1976
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#41

Date: 1/1/1977
Cover Price: $0.07
NM Guide: $4.00
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#42

Date: 8/1/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#43

Date: 1/15/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#44

Date: 1/22/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#45

Date: 1/29/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#46

Date: 2/5/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#47

Date: 2/12/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#48

Date: 2/19/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#49

Date: 2/26/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#50

Date: 3/5/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#51

Date: 3/12/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#52

Date: 3/19/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#53

Date: 3/26/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#54

Date: 4/2/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#55

Date: 4/9/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#56

Date: 4/16/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#57

Date: 4/23/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#58

Date: 4/30/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#59

Date: 5/7/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#60

Date: 5/14/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#61

Date: 5/21/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#62

Date: 5/28/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#63

Date: 6/4/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#64

Date: 6/11/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#65

Date: 6/18/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#66

Date: 6/25/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#67

Date: 7/2/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#68

Date: 7/9/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#69

Date: 7/16/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#70

Date: 7/23/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#71

Date: 7/30/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#72

Date: 8/6/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#73

Date: 8/13/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#74

Date: 8/20/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#75

Date: 8/27/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#76

Date: 9/3/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
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#77

Date: 9/10/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#78

Date: 9/17/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#79

Date: 9/24/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#80

Date: 10/1/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#81

Date: 10/8/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#82

Date: 10/15/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#83

Date: 10/22/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#84

Date: 10/29/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#85

Date: 11/5/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

#86

Date: 11/12/1977
Cover Price: $0.08
NM Guide: $4.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1977

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1978

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1979

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1980

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $8.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1981

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $8.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1982

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $6.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1983

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $6.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1984

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $4.75
No copies available
   

Annual #1985

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $6.00
No copies available
   

Annual #1988

Date:
Cover Price: $0.00
NM Guide: $6.00
No copies available
   

Holiday Special #1979

Date:
Cover Price: $0.40
NM Guide: $5.00
No copies available
   

Holiday Special #1980

Date:
Cover Price: $0.45
NM Guide: $5.00
No copies available
   

Summer Special #1976

Date: 9/17/1976
Cover Price: $0.25
NM Guide: $5.00
No copies available
   
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