The evil Dr. X has been Action Man’s arch-enemy since 1997. The following details are from the 1997 Action Man Annual: The Omega Mission.
Real Name: Unknown
Known Accomplices: The Skullmen, School Bullies, Girls.
Known Methods: Theft, Bribery, Corruption, Black-mail, Larceny, Anything. You name it he’s done it!
Reward(s): Too many to list here. Capture Doctor X, dead or alive, and be prepared to be honoured by every nation in the world!
Beware of his left hand. It has been known to fly off at inopportune moments.
Several versions of Dr. X were released over the years, each with different action features.
Action Man is our eponymous hero and the centre of the franchise. In the 2000 TV series he was called Alex Mann whilst in A.T.O.M. he was called Axel Manning. The 2016 version of Action Man is called Ian Noble.
During his many adventures Action Man has fought in World War II alongside G.I. Joe and Tom Stone, fought Captain Zargon and his Zargonite space pirates, hunted down The Intruder with the help of Bullet Man, become an extreme sports star and battled the evil Dr. X.
World War II
During World War II Action Man fought alongside the original G.I. Joe during many missions all across the globe. From France and Belgium to Norway to Italy, North Africa and of course Nazi Germany.
Action Man 1995
From the 1990s a new threat appeared in the form of the villanous Dr. X and Action Man was ready to save the world from whatever nefarious schemes Dr. X and his cronies could devise. Knuck, Natalie Poole, Jacques and RAID the dog helped Action Man but as Dr. X’s Council of Doom gained allies a new team was formed to fight against them, a new version of Action Force! This new team consisted of Red Wolf and Flint.
Action Man 2016
Action Man was “a master of all forms of fighting, communication and disguise… a tenth-level Judo black belt, member of Mensa, and a three-star Michelin chef.” However Action Man sacrificed himself to save the world from Dr. X’s doomsday machine hidden beneath the river Thames in London. Ian Noble was one of Action Man’s support crew and was promoted to the role after Action Man’s death. Action Man is also aided by Agents Bryce Chan, Mercy Gale and Terrance Salmons under the control of Director Pauline Bestley. In issue 2 we find out that the previous Action Man was Agent Mike Brogan, a nod to the author of several Action Man novellas in the 1970s.
The Action Man programme was started during the reign of Elizabeth I and previous directors of the programme included Victor Hugo, who coordinated the Action Man Programme’s fight against Emperor Napoleon III whilst Hugo was in exile from France. The Action Man programme was run from Hauteville House in Guernsey during Hugo’s time before moving to the SIS Building in London.
Action Man soon discovers that Dr. X is not dead as was previously believed…