It may be April Fools' Day but such shenanigans pale into insignificance once one realises April the 1st also means it's time to look at what our favourite Marvel heroes were up to exactly forty years ago today.
Some say the Hulk's a philistine.
Some say he lacks musical appreciation.
On this very cover, he gives us his rendition of Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's monster-hit The Girl Is Mine.
Astonishingly, this is a full ten years before the song was released. If the Hulk goes to court over it, claiming copyright infringement, my legal training tells me this cover gives him an excellent chance of winning.
On other matters, this is the issue in which he picks up a cliff - and I don't mean Cliff Richard.
Was there really anyone wanted to see the Spider-Slayer return?
Clearly Professor Smythe did because he's brought it back.
And its more tentacular than ever.
No sooner do the Avengers get the Kree/Skrull War behind them than they're back at war again - this time with the hordes of Olympus.
I love this storyline, mostly for Barry Smith's art which is a thing of grace and beauty.
What with Neal Adams and then Barry Smith, we were being positively spoilt by the Avengers during this period.
Captain America comes up against two old foes; one human, one mechanical.
Is this the one where he teams up with the Kingpin and his son to fight the Sleeper? Or was that another issue?
My memories of this tale are extremely fuzzy.
Is the Black Widow still on trial in this one? Or is all that over and done with?
Hooray! One I can actually remember reading.
I remember reading it in Captain Britain's Marvel UK comic.
Despite the John Buscema art, the Fantastic Four in this era doesn't seem to get much love from the fans, but I loved it.
I can however confirm that, for the true comics aficionado, Gabriel's secret wasn't as mind-blowing as the cover would have you believe.
Oh look. Asgard's facing doom, and Odin's just lying around.
Get yourself a new ruler, Asgardians.
And I'm only 75% as useless, mad, irresponsible and despotic as Odin.
The X-Men find themselves up against the Mimic in a tale I've never read.
I do of course know the Mimic from his one appearance in the pages of The Incredible Hulk. A story I'll have to review in the not-too-distant future.
Top of the Pops: 15th December, 1977.
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