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Battle Picture Weekly

Publisher: IPC
Publication Dates: 8 March, 1975 – 16 October, 1976
Number of Issues Published: 85 (#1-#85)
Publication Dates: 8 October 1977 – 12 November 1977
Number of Issues Published: 6 (#136-#141)
Color: Color cover;
Black and White interior
Dimensions: Standard Modern British size
Paper Stock: Newsprint

Battle Picture Weekly and Valiant

Publication Dates: 23 October 1976 – 1 October 1977
Number of Issues Published: 50 (#86-#135)
Color: Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions: Standard Modern British size
Paper Stock: Newsprint

Battle Action

Publisher: IPC
Publication Dates: 19 November 1977 – 25 July 1981
Number of Issues Published: 184 (#142-#325)
Color: Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions: Standard Modern British size
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Publishing Format: Was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine

Battle

Publisher: IPC
Publication Dates: 1 August 1981 – 1 October 1983
Number of Issues Published: 114 (#326-439)
Publication Dates: 6 December 1986 – 17 January 1987
Number of Issues Published: 7 (#605-611)
Color: Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions: Magazine-size
Paper Stock: Newsprint
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: Was ongoing
Publication Type: magazine

Battle Action Force

Publisher: IPC
Publication Dates: 8 October 1983 – 29 November 1986
Number of Issues Published: 165 (#440-#604)
Color: full colour cover; mostly black and white interior
Dimensions: standard British weekly size
Paper Stock: newsprint cover and interior
Binding: saddle-stitched
Publishing Format: was ongoing series

Battle Stormforce

Publication Dates: 24 January 1987 – 23 January 1988
Number of Issues Published: 53 (#612-#664)
Color: Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions: Standard Modern British size
Paper Stock: Newsprint

Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database

Battle Picture Weekly, at various time also known as Battle Action Force, Battle and Battle with Storm Force, was a British war comic published by IPC Magazines from (issues dates) 8 March 1975 to 23 January 1988, when it merged with Eagle. Most stories were set in World War II, with some based on other conflicts.

A notable feature of the comic, suited to its era of circulation, was its letters page with readers sending in stories of their fathers’ and grandfathers’ exploits during the First World War and the Second World War, often in an effort to win a nominal star letter prize. The comic at various times printed colour pinups of tanks, planes, ships, etc. in the centrefold or the back page (inner or outer).

Publication history

In 1974, in response to the success of the D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd war comic Warlord, IPC hired freelance writers Pat Mills and John Wagner to develop a rival title. Mills and Wagner brought in fellow freelancer Gerry Finley-Day to help develop stories. Dave Hunt was made editor. Doug Church also was very involved as a ‘Creative Editor’ on covers, layouts, features. When the title proved a success, Mills went on to create Action and 2000 AD, while Wagner was asked to revive Valiant. The attempts to breathe new life into Valiant were unsuccessful, and it was merged with Battle in October 1976.[2] For some time afterwards the merged comic was entitled Battle Picture Weekly and Valiant. Action also merged with Battle on 19 November 1977, the resulting comic being named Battle Action. In 1979, Terry Magee was appointed editor while Dave Hunt became editor of the new “Eagle”. Barrie Tomlinson was the Group Editor and Gil Page was the Managing Editor. The Director of the Youth Group was John Sanders. In 1982 the
comic was retitled again, to Battle. Assistant Editor(for most of Battle comic’s life): Jim Storrie Art Editors included Roy Stedall-Humphrys and Peter Downer Editorial assistants included Barrie Clements, Roy Preston, Richard Burton Art assistants: Tim Skomski, Martin Goldring The details are:

Tie-in with Action Force

From 1983 through to 1986, the comic ran a series of stories relating to the Palitoy range of action figures, Action Force. The Action Force characters initially guest-featured in a comic strip serial in Battle for four weeks in July 1983. The strip proved to be so popular that a further five promotional mini-comics were included free with every IPC publication in the weeks to follow. On 8 October 1983, Action Force joined the pages of Battle full-time and the comic was retitled Battle Action Force.

Eventually, in line with the increasing popularity of the toys, the focus of the comic moved towards Action Force (at the expense of some of the longer-running and more traditional wartime stories) and providing the back-stories to the action figures in circulation at the time.

During 1984 to 1985, Palitoy increasingly used the comic as a promotional publication, running competitions, mail-in offers and fan-club elements of the Action Force toy range through its pages. As Action Force itself transmuted to its G.I. Joe equivalent (see Action Force – Third generation), the comic took on the role of providing continuity with regard to the diverging storylines and characters. By the end of 1986, Palitoy had lost the Action Force licence to Marvel UK and the comic was again re-titled first as Battle (1986) and then Battle with Storm Force (1987) prior to its eventual merger with Eagle (1988).

The details of title changes are:

Battle Picture Weekly (8 March 1975 [issue #1] – 16 October 1976 [issue #85])
Battle Picture Weekly and Valiant (23 October 1976 [issue #86] – 1 October 1977 [issue #135])
Battle Picture Weekly (8 October 1977 [issue #136] – 12 November 1977 [issue #141])
Battle Action (19 November 1977 [issue #142] – 25 July 1981 [issue #325])
Battle (1 August 1981 [issue #326] – 1 October 1983 [issue #439])
Battle Action Force (8 October 1983 [issue #440] – 29 November 1986 [issue #604])
Battle (6 December 1986 [issue #605] – 17 January 1987 [issue #611])
Battle Storm Force (24 January 1987 [issue #612] – 23 January 1988 [issue #664])

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UPDATE 05-04-2018

Battle Annual 1983

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Battle Picture Weekly Annual 1978

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Battle Picture Weekly Annual 1981

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UPDATE 15-03-2018

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UPDATE 19-02-2018

Battle Action Force

501-506

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507-512

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513-518

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519-524

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525-530

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531-536

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537-542

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543-548

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549-554

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555-560

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561-566

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567-572

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573-578

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579-584

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585-590

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591-596

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Holiday Special 1981

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Battle with Stormforce

630-632

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633-635

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636-638

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639-641

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642,644,645

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646-648

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649-651

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652-654

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655-657

Issue 657 is incorrect, that is a duplicate from issue 635.

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658-660

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662-664

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Battle Picture Weekly (8 March 1975 [issue #1] – 16 October 1976 [issue #85])

1-8

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9-17

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18-25

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26-33

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34-40

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41-47

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48-54

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55-60

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61-66

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67-72

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Here is a link for Battle Picture Weekly 68, the one in the pack is actually Battle Action 172

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73-78

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79-85

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Battle Picture Weekly and Valiant (23 October 1976 [issue #86] – 1 October 1977 [issue #135])

86-91

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92-97

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98-103

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104-109

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110-115

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116-121

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122-127

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128-135

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Battle Picture Weekly (8 October 1977 [issue #136] – 12 November 1977 [issue #141])

136-141

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Annual 1979,1980

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Holiday Special 1979,1980

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Summer Special 1975-1978

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Battle Action (19 November 1977 [issue #142] – 25 July 1981 [issue #325])

142-147

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148-153

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154-159

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160-165

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166-171

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172-177

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178-183

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184-189

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190-195

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196-201

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202-207

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208-213

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214-219

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220-225

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226-231

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232-237

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238-243

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244-249

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250-255

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256-261

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262-267

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268-273

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274-279

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280-285

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286-291

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292-297

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298-306

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307-325

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Battle (1 August 1981 [issue #326] – 1 October 1983 [issue #439])

326-341

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342-357

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358-373

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374-389

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390-405

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406-421

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422-439

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Holiday Special 1982,1983,1987-1991

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Battle Action Force (8 October 1983 [issue #440] – 29 November 1986 [issue #604])

440-454

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455-469

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470-484

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485-500

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Annual 1985,1987

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Holiday Special 1984-1986

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15 responses »

  1. cjkerry says:

    There seems to be at least one book missing. I am sure there was one issue of Battle and Storm Force which doesn’t seem to be here.

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  2. zombie100379 says:

    just curious if a complete of “storm force” stories are available anywhere

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  3. Michael Murphy says:

    The hyperlink to bta23.rar seems to have gone down….

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    • boutje777 says:

      I just tried and it’s working fine, sometimes a download isn’t working temporarely for whatever reason and if you try later or the next day it’s working again. Let me know how it turned out.

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  4. Hello, amazing work updating battle from issue 500 , i had disscussions about this with a friend , we both going crazy about your amazing site, but i noticed that issues 597 to 629 seem to be missing

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, i know, i haven’t found or got these yet, although i have got 597-600 for the next update, that is a start.

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  5. Mike says:

    Love your work; is there any chance of a ‘family tree’ diagram to show us how the different comics evolved, changed names and merged ?

    e.g. Battle Picture Weekly (1976) became Battle Picture Weekly / Valiant, then Battle Action (1977), then Battle (1981), then Battle Action Force (1983), then Battle Storm Force (1988)….is it just me, or was it all confusing ? (and yes, I was confused even as a kid as to which one it was, but I just bought the comic regardless because it had my favourite characters in it)

    I REALLY love the site though and reading all this from my childhood…very happy memories and especially ones of showing my mates the latest comics in the playground, but if you got caught with them by the teachers, they got confiscated because they didn’t like the ‘violence’ in the old war comics !

    You used to have to use your imagination, all the old ‘Action Man’ and ‘Action Force’ figures and playing with them in the garden…great fun.

    Kids these days would never get comics anything like what we used to have because you look at them now and they’d sadly never be allowed on grounds of political correctness (can you imagine ‘Walter the Softy’ from the Beano ? Dennis would be considered a ‘bully’, Desperate Dan as ‘obese’ and even the Bash Street Kids – “Fatty” would be a no no term !).

    Even so, the references in them to water pistols, stink bombs, soot bombs (!) – no “OHS” in those days, they probably wouldn’t ‘get them’ (*laughs*)…but there’s some of us who do.

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks for your comment, i am afraid i didn’t find any more specific details about how the comics evolved and changed names and merged than i copied and pasted into the descriptions. Make these diagrams myself would be too timeconsuming for me.

      Perhaps the Albion British Comics Database can help you any further ?

      Database

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    • I can tell you one thing for nowt its bloody confusing when you got them all in a folder and the numbers are all over the place cause of the way the names changed so much, its taken me for ever to change them all to battle ( issue number) so they are all in order , its triggering my OCD ffs LOL

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      • boutje777 says:

        I know, that’s with more titles that changed their names or merged with other titles. I try to keep it for myself as much as i can with the titles on the cover, for me it’s more confusing with only one name and numbering. I can recomment Bulk Rename Utility or any other renamer. You can rename hundreds of titles that way in a few seconds, just like you prefer.

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  6. Thomas Meade says:

    There’s an error in one of the folders. The cbr file that’s labelled “Battle Picture Weekly 68” is actually “Battle Action 172”. BPW 68 is missing.

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