Roy Wood once declared, "I wish It Could be Christmas Every Day," John Lennon told us, "War is Over, if you want it," and Kate Bush said, "December Will Be Magic Again," but does the Festive Season of 1971 see our heroes in the mood to kiss and make up with their old foes? Or does it just see them eager to get on with Boxing Day - with the emphasis on the "boxing"?
Roy Wood might want it to be Christmas every day but Roy Thomas clearly wants it to be King Kong every day as he sends Spider-Man off to the Savage Land to fight Gog, a giant alien who's been adopted by Kraven.
It's never been one of my favourite Spidey tales, being too far removed from the web-spinner's natural milieu, but you have to dig that Gil Kane cover. If that wouldn't make you want to buy the comic, what would?
Neal Adams' Kree/Skrull War rumbles ever onwards as the Avengers find themselves up against the Mandroids.
I believe it may be in this issue where Iron Man suddenly remembers he has roller skates, and we all discover that anyone can enter the Avengers Mansion any time they like, just by climbing up out of a man-hole.
Can it be true? Can Captain America and the Falcon really have broken up?
More importantly, can there really be a group of people who thought it was a good idea to call themselves "Femme Force"?
We might associate early Conan tales with Barry Saxe-Coburg-Gotha Smith but the cover of issue #12 shows just what Gil Kane can do when let loose on barbaric derring-doings.
It's Gil Kane again.
I love this cover. How great is the Scorpion on it? The thing that strikes me about all of Kane's covers this month is how stylishly he creates a sense of 3-Dimensionality with his compositional sense.
Given that, on his first appearance, the Scorpion nearly killed Spider-Man with his bare fists, I assume the Man Without Fear'll be the Man Without A Pulse by the end of the tale.
It's the return of one of my favourite villains of all time, as Diablo shows his class by taking over a Latin American country and getting Crystal to run around with not many clothes on.
It's the first part of that story where the Leader decides to replace politicians with evil robots that're up to no good.
No wonder no one could spot the difference.
Despite her supposedly being a fearsome warrior woman, Sif proves, as always, a total wimp, as Thor has to intervene to stop her meekly marrying Loki.
Get a backbone, woman!
It's the man called El Tigre!
I don't have a clue who El Tigre is. Frankly I don't have a clue who three of the seven people on this cover are. I also don't know where Marvel Girl is.
Top of the Pops: 15th December, 1977.
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