As a connoisseur of mass human suffering, it always depresses me to know there's apparently no truth at all in the popularly held belief that Ring a Ring o' Roses is really about the Black Death.
Fortunately, other nursery rhymes are available to us - and most topical of all right now is the one that exhorts us to, "Remember, remember the 5th of November."
And that sounds like a challenge to see how well I remember what my favourite Marvel heroes would have been up to had I picked up a comic on that date of exactly forty years ago.
It's the return the whole world was crying out for, as the Kangaroo boomerangs back into action.
Sadly, it turns out not to be a happy comeback for the Antipodean antagonist.
As Bruce Forsyth would no doubt say, it wasn't a case of didgeridoo well.
Why do I get the feeling I've just lost all my Australian readers?
The Evil Eye saga rumbles on as two Second World War legends have a punch-up in Japan.
Apparently, our heroes are up against the Yellow Claw, as they seem to have been for months.
Other than that I can shed no light at all on the contents of this comic.
Nor can I shed any upon the interiors of this mag.
It being a Conan story, I think we can probably guess what elements the tale's likely to contain, though.
I do remember this one!
Isn't this the story where Daredevil has to press a yellow button to save the world but can't because he doesn't know which button is yellow?
I always wanted to read this story when I was a kid, mostly because there was a panel from it reproduced in The Horrific World of Monsters, more about which can be read right here.
Sadly, not only did I never get my hands on a copy of the original comic but I never even got to read it in reprint form. Truly, life can be tragic.
Hooray! The Bi-Beast makes his debut.
Thanks to one of the first super-hero comics I ever bought having featured the place, I do have a soft spot for any story that uses the hidden city of the Bird People.
It's that rarity, an Iron Man cover that rings a bell for me.
But it's good to see Happy showing his loyalty to his boss there.
Is this the one where Thor and his mates return to Asgard, only to find it's been taken over by evil lookalikes?
In the case of Odin, how would anyone notice the difference?
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