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Collected Hook Jaw (Spitfire Comics) [Paperback]

Pat Mills , Ken Armstrong , Ramon Sola , Chris Smillie
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1 Feb 2007 Spitfire Comics
From the pages of the million sales-per-month Action comic
(UK) comes the first collected edition of the man-eating great white shark,
Hook Jaw! Eventually banned for its graphic violence after a media outcry,
this forerunner of 2000 AD sees blood-n-guts and limbs-a-flying mix with
environmental issues. This collection comprises the two pre- ban
storylines: "The Oil Rig" -- where Hook Jaw unwittingly becomes an
eco-terrorist, as he eats his way through the staff of a greed-obsessed oil
magnet; "Paradise Island" -- at first glance, an idyllic island for the
wealthy but at what cost to the indigenous shark- worshippers?

The stories were written by Pat Mills (2000AD, Charley's War, Slaine,
Marshall Law etc etc) and Ken Armstrong (Flesh, Dan Dare and other
uncredited stories). The art is largely by the wonderful Ramon Sola
(Action, 2000AD, Battle etc) and another unnamed artist. Hook Jaw was an
attempt to cash-in on the success of Jaws, however, the horrific nature and
young audience of Action weekly led to prohibition campaigns by the Evening
Standard, the Sun and the BBC.

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Spitfire Comics, a Division of SuperHeroStore Mult (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955473306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955473302
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 20.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beggars and Choosers 16 Nov 2009
Great to see this again - however....Hook Jaw - without the blood??? This was my reaction to reading the classic without its colour pages - admittedly most of the original pages did not have colour, but the occasional splash page (bringing new meaning to the term) of colour did help distinguish between depth, shadow and blood (particularly in the oilrig storyline, where it could at times be an oil-slick or a blood-slick).

But its the only way that we'll get these 97 reprint pages these days (if you've tried getting them at comic fairs, you'll know what I mean - you might get copies of Action, but Hook Jaw was often cut the strip chosen to be excised from the issue with a pair of scissors by the original 1970s collectors), so well worth it. In the interplay of Sola and Mills, see the synergy that led to Old One Eye in 2000A.D.'s 'Flesh' within a year of these strips first publication...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute Pat Mills classic! 26 Jan 2008
Don't know where the other review came from. I've never read the other Action book, so can't compare it to that.

This book is a great story from the 1970s British comic, Action. If you're a fan of 2000AD or even early British comics, you'll love this. Also, if you enjoy horror or action films, like Jaws, Rollerball, Carrie and the like, then you'll be a big fan. Hook Jaw is somewhat similar to the Hulk, in that he does go after the 'bad guys' but only through sheer accident.

The quality of the book is generally very high (certainly higher than other British collections of The Spider and the Steel Claw) and paper quality is higher than either Marvel Essentials or DC Showcase. Similar to the Dredd books Titan brought out in the 1980s.

Pat Mills is of course a legend in comics but the artwork by Ramon Sola is out of this world. How this guy slipped out of comics, I'll never know.

I hope this is just the start of the reprint collections. I'm desperate to see as I'd love to see some more stories from Battle, Warlord and Action.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, poor quality! 14 May 2007
Anyone reading Action as a kid will be dissapointed.

Anyone reading "Action - The Story of a Violent Comic" will feel ripped off.

The book size is quite large but the reprints only fit about 75% of the page!! The quality of the reprints is also poor and the paper is low quality.

Contrast this with the Charley's War books and it's VERY poor quality.

At the time I bought it, the number of pages wasn't stated, it is now with c110 or so - this is only slightly more stories than those in the Martin Barker book.

I only hope they improve vastly before volume 2...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now updated! 17 May 2007
This edition of Collected Hook Jaw vol.1 has taken into account the criticisms of Jackson Pollock'sNo.5 into account. Not only is the paper of superior quality and the page and paper adjusted for a better fit but the scans are cleaner (600 dpi) than before and indeed better than many of the contemporary British comic graphic novels.

Still deadly!
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