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THE HUNTERS (1982)

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Full Name: Larry Fox, Ned Hare
Series Name: The Hunters
Nationality: British
Organization: S.I.6
Occupation Agent

Creator: John Richard, Carlos Pino
Time Span: 1982 - 1985

ABOUT THE SERIES

Larry Fox and Ned Hare, the Hunters, are agents of S.I.6.

They are also the stars of a "new explosive programme [that] had just started on British television".

We meet them for the first time as the Range Rover in which they are pursuing a bad guy storms into view, both front doors open with each fellow leaning out of the speeding vehicle with guns blazing. Then as the action puts the pair on a cliff's edge with a nasty fellow pointing a submachine gun at them offering them the chance to "take some bullets or jump over the cliff edge", we watch them take the latter and plunge off it backwards.

All for the sake of the camera and the resulting initial episode of "The Hunters" on TV. And the resultant horde of excited new fans willing to wait hours for a chance to greet their newest idols.

Which is what The Chief, the balding, mustached head of S.I.6, was planning. Making Fox and Hare famous action stars provides "the perfect front" for it "means they can carry out the Department's worst jobs" under the cover of being so well known. While I am not sold on the excessively overt is the new covert concept, The Chief, who is acting the part of their manager, is.

Concerning that Department, the "S.I." stands for Special Intelligence. The similarity of the acronym to that of MI6 is obvious but it would appear that S.I.6 is its own organization, albeit a whole lot smaller.

Both Fox and Hare are tall, rugged and burly men in their late 20s or early 30s. They both are (usually) clean-shaven with bushy hair. Hare's is blond and straight while Fox's is dark and curly. [Well, usually. Most of the stories are told in black&white graphics but occasionally a colored page show up and sometimes in those the hair color gets confused.]

We do not get much backstory on these two agents-turned-actors. We do, however, get to see them in a ton of action scenes with much of their exciting escapades being seen by bystanders as all part of the show.

COMIC BOOKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND MANGA

Number of Stories:26
First Appearance:1982
Last Appearance:1985

       By 1982, I believe most of the days of action spy heroes in British comic magazines were behind us but IPC gave a new and exciting series a chance. The series would survive for three years.
       Interestingly it would have only 26 adventures during that period which considering they were in a weekly publication, is not that many. Luckily this is because while the first three issues and several holiday/annual one were single-issue missions, most were not. Six were told in two issues, a couple done in three, and one each in four-, five-, and seven-issue serials.
       Then there were seven adventures which took a lot of issues to tell, stretching from ten issues to a whopping and very impressive 25! Considering there were usually 3 pages per issues, that means a lot of story per, well, story.

1 Deadman's Jump Deadman's Jump
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Terence Magee (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #356 (revised title of Battle Picture Weekly & Action after Battle Action) February 27, 1982, with 3 black & white pages. 
Larry Fox and Ned Hare are TV stars that are also secret agents. In their first TV episode aired they must jump off a cliff, then as agents they are called on to save Prince Kaudi from assassins.
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2 Prison Break Prison Break
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #357, March 6, 1982, with 3 black & white pages. 
Fox and Hare are given a mission to help a traitorous spy escape from prison hoping that they can find the important documents.
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3 Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #358, March 13, with 3 black & white pages. 
Fox and Hare must stop a traitor in the military during an exercise that has planned to steal a missile launcher.
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4 Computer-Brain Computer-Brain
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #359-#361, March 20 - April 3, 1982, with 1 color and 9 black & white pages. 
Fox and Hare are given the assignment of protecting Professor Fish who is known for his computer type brain. But it will be harder than they think!
Note: The 2nd comic cover is also the 4th page of the story.
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5 The Pranking Fan The Pranking Fan
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #362-#366, April 10 - May 8, 1982, with 1 color and 15 black & white pages. 
Fox and Hare are filming an episode of their TV show and come across a young fan from South America that likes to pull pranks. This causes a lot of trouble.
Note: The 5th comic cover is also the 13th page of the story.
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6 Oil Rig Sabotage Oil Rig Sabotage
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #367-#368, May 15-22, 1982, with 6 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare have a mission to find out who is trying to sabotage an oil rig. Will they discover and catch the one responsible?
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7 One Of The World's Deadliest Hit-Men One Of The World's Deadliest Hit-Men
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #369-#370, May 29 - June 5, 1982, with 6 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are given an assignment to catch a known hit-man that has arrived in England. Is the hit-man after them and the chief and will they or he end?
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8 Big Risks For A Defector! Big Risks For A Defector!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #371-#372, June 12-19, 1982, with 6 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are sent into Eastern Europe to get information from a man that claims to be a defector. What kind of troubles will they have?
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9 Friends Or Foes? Friends Or Foes?
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #373-#375, June 26 - July 10, 1982, with 1 color and 9 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are required to go through an assault course for being secret agents, but Hare fails and is suspended. But was he really or is it just part of another mission and will they become enemies?
Note: The 2nd comic cover is also the 4th page of the story.
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10 An Explosive Dive An Explosive Dive
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle Holiday Special 1982, with 4 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare get a special mission to stop others from blowing up the ship called the H.M.S. Kelchester. Can they do it?
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11 Mafia Mix-Up! Mafia Mix-Up!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Brian Burrell (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #376-#377, July 17 - July 24, 1982, with 6 black & white pages.
While scouting for a location to film their TV show in Canada, Fox and Hare help a gangster. Will this get them in trouble with the law?
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12 Return of the Fuhrer! Return of the Fuhrer!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #378-#384, July 31 - September 11, 1982, with 1 color and 21 black & white pages.
A man claiming to be Adolf Hitler's son with his Nazi army wants to take over and it is up to Larry Fox and Ned Hare, The Hunters to stop him. But will they be able to do so?
Note: The 3rd comic cover is also the 7th page of the story.
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13 The Formula And The African Tyrant The Formula And The African Tyrant
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #385-#397, September 18 - December 11, 1982, with 4 color and 37 black & white pages.
A special formula has been stolen that can help with the effects of nuclear radiation by a president of an African country and Fox and Hare must get it back. Are they up to the task?
Note: The 3rd comic cover is the 7th page and the 9th comic cover is the 26th page.
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14 The Notorious Gem Thief The Notorious Gem Thief
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: Brian Burrell (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle #398-#399, December 18-25, 1982, with 6 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are after a thief known for stealing gems. Can they catch him or will he meet a watery grave?
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15 One-Way Ticket To Russia One-Way Ticket To Russia
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle #400-#410, January 1 - March 12, 1983, with 1 color and 33 black & white pages.
A highly advanced British supersonic warplane called the Blackbat has crashed somewhere in Russia. Fox and Hare are sent to locate and destroy it or die trying. Plus, what else will happen?
Note: The 6th comic cover can be classified as the 16th page and has the story title on it.
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16 Death Of A Hunter Death Of A Hunter
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle #411-#412, March 19-26, 1983, with 1 color and 6 black & white pages.
The son of a Government Minister has ventured into the Black Pit, one of the most dangerous potholes in the world. Fox and Hare are sent in after him. Yet will they all come out alive?
Note: The 1st comic cover displays the story title and for that reason is the 1st page.
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17 Adventure-Crazy! Adventure-Crazy!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle #413-#429, April 2 - July 23, 1983, with 2 color and 51 black & white pages.
Paul Cartwright, that son of a Government Minister, has gone totally crazy for adventure and The Hunters have been ordered to keep him safe. Will this mission be touch and go for Fox or Hare?
Note: The 5th comic cover is the 13 pages and the 17th comic cover is the 50th page.
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18 Criminals In Happycoats! Criminals In Happycoats!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle Holiday Special 1983, with 4 black & white pages.
A group of criminals has taken over the fun-park known as "The Happy Holiday Camp" and is holding people hostage for five million pounds and an aircraft. Fox and Hare decide to free them and catch the group.
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19 The Mercenary Legion The Mercenary Legion
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle #430-439 (July 30 - October 1, 1983) and Battle Action Force #440-446 (October 8 - November 19, 1983) with 51 black & white pages.
An army of mercenaries declares war on Kanistan because they want to take over the country's oil rights. Fox and Hare are sent on a mission to infiltrate and stop them if they can.
Note: Battle (shortened title of Battle Picture Weekly) merged with Action Force and became Battle Action Force.
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20 Saving A Prince Saving A Prince
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle Annual 1984 with 5 black & white pages.
Fox & Hare are given the mission to watch over a visiting Prince, but when he is kidnapped they must save him.
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21 Secret Of Bad Island Secret Of Bad Island
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle Action Force #447-#471 (November 26, 1983 - May 12, 1984) with 2 color and 75 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare must make believe that they are criminals so they can get onto an island off the coast of Hong Kong. It's their mission to discover the island's secret.
Note: The 13th comic cover is Page 37 and the 20th comic cover is Page 59.
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22 The Yellow Canyon Quest The Yellow Canyon Quest
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1984

Printed in Battle Action Force #472-#488 (May 19 - Sep 8, 1984) with 1 color page and 51 black & white pages. The 5th comic cover is also page 13.
Fox and Hare are sent to rescue a famous explorer and fellow countryman from a war-torn Central American country and end up going on a treasure hunt with him.
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23 The Prison Of Death The Prison Of Death
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1984

Printed in Battle Action Force Holiday Special 1984 with 6 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are sent to the country of Zangalla to rescue the President from a tough prison. But will the mission be a trap for them both and what about the country's President?
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24 English Soccer Team Kidnapped! English Soccer Team Kidnapped!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1984

Printed in Battle Action Force #489-#502 (Sep. 15 - Dec. 15, 1984) with 42 black & white pages.
The soccer team of England is kidnapped and Fox and Hare are given the mission to rescue them from the evil dictator that took them.
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25 The Enemy Spy The Enemy Spy
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1984

Printed in Battle Action Force Annual 1985 with 8 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are tested on their skills to catch an enemy spy, but he is not. Yet is there an enemy spy after all.
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26 Warpath! Warpath!
Published by IPC Magazines
Contributors: John Richard (writer), Carlos Pino (artist)
Copyright: 1985

Printed in Battle Action Force #503-506 (Dec. 22, 1984 - Jan. 12, 1985) with 12 black & white pages.
Fox and Hare are sent to Africa to find out why the Okwazu tribe has become quite hostile after an ancient war mask appeared again after a hundred years.
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GAMES

Number of Games:1
First Appearance:1983
Last Appearance:1983

1 Fighters State-Side Fighters State-Side
Battle Quiz
IPC Magazines
Copyright: 1983

Printed in Battle #432, August 13, 1983.
Fox and Hare present a quiz about American jet fighters. See if you can answer all 7 right.

ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:1
First Appearance:1982
Last Appearance:1982

1 Magnum Force Magnum Force
Markmanship & Guns Analysis
IPC Magazines
Copyright: 1982

Printed in Battle Holiday Special 1982.
Very interesting information about being good with a gun and the type of guns liked by Fox and Hare.

MY COMMENTS

     I got a kick out of the concept of this series from the beginning. Totally unrealistic but still a hoot. Two handsome, athletic fellows who are British operatives starring as action heroes in a television series about two handsome, athletic fellows who are British operatives.

     The publishers were pretty cool to let the writers/artists spread most of the stories over several issues, giving the plot a chance to really build up and the two guys many chances to get into and out of tricky situations.

     The artwork is really good and the stories are interesting and varied. The best part is the banter between the two leads, guys who enjoy each other's company while having a blast almost getting killed at least once a week.

GRADE

My Grade: B+

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