In the 1980s, Lew Stringer was freelancing for Marvel UK, producing popular back-up strips for several of their weeklies. 'Captain Wally' and 'Snail-Man' appeared in 'Spider-Man', and 'Robo Capers' featured in 'Transformers'. Stringer was commissioned to create a character for the new Marvel 'Action Force' title. Lew decided to create a spoof wannabe war hero. Combat Colin, a military nut who still lived with his mum, made his debut in issue 5 of 'Action Force'. In issue 12, Colin acquired a side-kick, Semi-Automatic Steve. Stringer frequently works as an artist on Viz, and also produces a strip for the Swedish comic, 'Herman Hedning'. He has drawn strips for the 1999 'Beano Summer Special' and often draws some of the 'Beano Fun Books'.