Action Force #26 was released on 23rd August 1987.

Original material

Ancient Relics! Part Four

Megatron smashes through the Maulers, throwing one at the A.W.E. Striker. Flint and Scarlett are despondent about what to do. Flint fingers Centurion for just standing, watching "as though he's forgotten how to fight!". Centurion remembers a previous battle with Megatron in a city that ended in Megatron beating him badly.[1] He thinks how he's just a joke and is the "ancient relic" that Wheeljack said he was. He watches as Grimlock and the Action Force members pull back, all weakened by the fight. Grimlock turns and attacks again, knocking Megatron into a gasometer zone and pulling off his fusion canon. Meanwhile Wild Bill and Flint board Blades's helicopter mode and fly above. As Megatron is close to the gas tanks Flint orders an air strike, believing that will destroy the Decepticon. Blades asks what about Grimlock, but Flint responds that it is one life for thousands. Wild Bill, remembering how he once had to abandon a man in the Vietnam War to save others, looks on aghast as Flint gives the order.

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Action Force Autobots Decepticons Others

Featured Vehicles & Equipment

Action Force


Items of note

  • This story was later reprinted in Action Force Monthly #5.
  • Each page focuses on the thoughts of a different character - in order Megatron, Flint, Centurion, Grimlock and Wild Bill.

Reprinted material

Seven pages of "Celebration!" from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #33.

Non Action Force strips

This issue continues the Master of Kung Fu back-up strips, reprinting part of "Snowbuster" from Master of Kung Fu volume 1 #31. The title was changed to "The Crystal Connection" to present the strip as a single story.

Intelligence Profile

This issue contains an Intelligence Profile factfile on Scarlett. For Action Force she maintains her name of Shana M. O'Hara and American nationality being born in Atlanta.

The T.A.C. Page

This issue contains a T.A.C. Page "supplement" featuring a two page picture of the Mauler M.B.T. with all its features pointed out. It came as a free poster (see below).

Mail Call!

The letters page prints letters on a variety of subjects.

Combat Colin

Beginning a new Combat Colin epic - "Operation: Terrortank!" A number of objects have mysteriously vanished including a motorcycle, a playground slide, a kitchen sink, missiles and two tanks. Combat Colin and Semi-Automatic Steve are asked to find the thief when suddenly they encounter a huge hybrid tank with two barrells in the street! The strip is written in rhyming cuplets in the tradition of Rupert Bear.


Items of note

  • The Mission Control contents page announces that the first Action Force Annual is coming out that month.

Free gift

The issue came with a free poster containing the T.A.C. Page supplement.


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