They can't accuse me of not knowing how to have a good time. I've just been re-sealing my bath.
But what about in this month of forty years ago? Were Marvel comics giving us tales that could match even that excitement?
Here's where we find out as I give them a plug.
That was a pun.
And I didn't even have to faucet.
My razor-sharp senses tell me that Hellcat makes her fearsome debut this issue.
This is indeed good news but I am interested by the cover's claim that we wanted her.
Just how did they know we wanted her? Did people write in saying, "I want Hellcat, even though I've never heard of her, what with her never having so far existed!"?
My razor-sharp senses also tell me that this issue features the origin of Bêlit.
I must confess I've totally forgotten what that origin was.
I'm guessing it may have all been somewhat in the Tarzan envelope but I could be wrong.
I have no clue at all as to what's going on here.
And I have no clue at all as to what's going on here either.
It is, however, a very memorable cover.
Hooray! I do have a clue what's going on here.
Because I actually had this issue. It came into my possession on a Sunday morning and, as I've said a zillion times before, I've never encountered a comic on a Sunday without liking it.
I believe this was the first time I learned of the existence of that big arch in whatever city it is that it's in.
It's made me always want them to build a big arch in Sheffield.
Bizarrely, they never have done.
The Hulk's still convinced that the Abomination is his best friend.
Is the flying buzzsaw the third of the Red Ghost's super-apes?
He was always my favourite of the Red Ghost's super-apes, if only because of the sheer unpredictability of his next choice of shape.
In retrospect, it does strike me that he had a remarkable knowledge of mechanics for a baboon. Seriously, how many baboons know how a buzzsaw works?
To be honest, I'm not a baboon and I don't know how a buzzsaw works. I have officially been outwitted by a baboon. That's the kind of man I am.
As reprinted in the 1977 UK Spider-Man Annual, we get a strangely atypical tale of kidnap and American College Football.
Sadly, in order to make it fit it into that annual, great chunks of the tale were edited out, including half of the all-important Mary Jane college dance scene, meaning that great chunks of the tale made no sense.
The Time-Twisters are still causing trouble in the age of Zarrko.
I do believe that Jane Foster's wielding that blade because she's been possessed by the spirit of Sif.
Presumably this means she'll wave a sword around a lot and go on about being a warrior born, without actually being any noticeable use in a fight.
Dave Cockrum's classic early run on the X-Men continues.
I think this tale may have been the first one in which I encountered Erik the Red.
I also encountered an airport in it but I'd already encountered the concept of airports before.
Mostly in stories written by Chris Claremont.
Lees Hall, Gleadless.
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