It's March 1962 and, with Henry Pym currently swearing off the size-changing serum, Marvel's roster of super-doers still consists of just one comic; The Fantastic Four.
Fortunately there's plenty going on in that comic as, bowing to reader demand, Lee and Kirby give the FF costumes, just like proper super-heroes.
Not only that but they also get their very own answer to the Batmobile, in the Fantasti-Car, a vehicle Reed Richards seems to have concocted from an old tin bathtub.
On top of that, the Baxter Building reveals its hi-tech secrets.
Phew! Could Stan and Jack possibly throw any more excitement at us?
Too right they can! Because we also get the debut of that menacing master of mesmerism the Miracle Man.
It may be true that, for most people, the Miracle Man hasn't exactly gone down in the annals of the legendary but I've always liked him and was glad to see him finally make his return many years later - this time with genuine super-powers.
Top of the Pops: 15th December, 1977.
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