Ex-Genesis front-man Peter Gabriel once sang, "Red rain is pouring down all over me." And we certainly know that feeling right now, as the UK is deluged with sand blown in from the Sahara.
How we've battled today, through the newly created sand dunes, merely to make a few yards' progress. "Water! Water!" I've cried. "Must have water!"
It's been like the human drama of Carry On Follow That Camel made real.
Well, I say that. So far, I've not seen any signs of it whatsoever.
But were our favourite Marvel heroes of exactly fifty years ago building their plans on shifting sands?
Or were they instead aiming to cement victory over their deadliest foes?
Dr Octopus is back and causing all kinds of mischief on a boat.
And that cover has to feature the wordiest caption ever to appear on the front of a comic.
But is this the one with Betty Brant's brother?
Hooray! The Man Without Fear makes his debut.
After fifty years of existence, he's still the only human being I've ever encountered who has a billy club.
For that matter, he's still the only human being I've ever encountered who I've ever heard use the term, "Billy club."
In fact, he's probably the only human being I've ever encountered who even knows what a billy club actually is.
It's the fight we've all been waiting for, as the Thing takes on the Hulk while the rest of the gang hand in their sick notes.
The Executioner and the Enchantress make their debuts.
It's the Rabble Rouser!
To be honest, I don't have a clue who the Rabble Rouser is.
I'd assume, from his name and the front cover, that he's a less celebrated equivalent of the Hate Monger. Though, looking at him, there are hints of the Molecule Man about him.
No disrespect to the Torch but I'm more interested in Dr Strange and what lies beyond the Purple Veil.
The third greatest super-villain ever to feature in a Wings song makes his senses-shattering return.
Perhaps more importantly, the Black Widow makes her first appearance.
Giant-Man's desperate quest to find a super-villain who's not completely forgettable brings him face-to-face with El Toro.
Sadly, I suspect his quest is not yet over.
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