Action Force #18 was released on 28th June 1987.

Original material

Dummy Run!

At half past six on a Sunday morning Flint, Lady Jaye and Heavy Metal are on Salisbury Plain taking the Mauler to the gunnery ranges to test "a new, laser-guided anti-helicopter round". They pass a hippy hiker who then produces a radio and signals for two F.A.N.G. helicopters to attack. The Mauler comes under fire with no cover available, but Heavy Metal decides to test the new round and fires, destroying one helicopter, However the other fires on the tank and Flint and Lady Jaye dive for cover. The tank is still functional and Heavy Metal waits for the F.A.N.G. to get close, pretending the tank has malfunctioned, then shoots the helicopter down. Nearby the hippy watches it all through a pair of binoculars and is pleased as the new round will be of interest to Cobra. All he needs to do is acquire a sample for the designers at M.A.R.S. to copy and manufacture and he can sell hundreds to Cobra Commander, who will no doubt also want to buy two new F.A.N.G.s. As he finishes changing his clothes, Destro laughs!

Featured characters

Action Force Cobra

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

Action Force Cobra


Items of note

  • This story was reprinted in Marvel UK's Transformers #122 as a promotional piece for Action Force.

Reprinted material

Seven pages of "Beached Whale" from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #29.

Non Action Force strips

This issue begins reprinting Master of Kung Fu strips as a back-up, starting with "The Crystal Connection" from Master of Kung Fu volume 1 #29.

Mail Call!

The letters page prints letters on a variety of subjects.

Combat Colin

Continuing the first Combat Colin epic "One of our Milkmen is Missing!". Colin and Semi-Automatic Steve fight Doctor Nasty's android milkmen and find the real milkman, but the three are cornered by Doctor Nasty and more androids at the edge of a cliff.

Action Force toy adverts


Items of note

  • The original artwork for the wrap-around cover, together with a visit to the Marvel UK offices, was a prize in a competition launched in this issue.