When it comes to the National Lottery, a wise man once said, "It could be you."
Sadly, he was wrong. It couldn't be me. Why? Because I've never entered it.
Happily, there's another lottery. A better lottery. One that brings far more joy into people's lives than winning ten million pounds could ever do.
And that's the lottery that is, "Random comics I have owned."
Just what magic will it fling at us tonight?
I don't know.
But one thing's for sure.
I'm not going to let it change my life.
At one point, I had every one of the Black Orchid's original Adventure Comics appearances. All three of them. Sadly, it wasn't long after her debut before she was booted off the book, to be replaced by the Spectre.
Happily, for fans of women with flower obsessions, she was soon back, in the pages of The Phantom Stranger.
As for this tale, I have no recall at all of what happened in it but I gather that sailors and boats were involved.
It's one of my childhood faves, as Superboy finds himself turned into a merboy.
And if that's not one of the greatest comic book covers of all time, I'm a seahorse.
The X-Men come up against the Hellfire Club who seem to be an awful bunch of bounders and not at all inspired by a notorious but celebrated episode of TV's Avengers.
Batroc and Mr Hyde come up with a plan to blow up New York, with a boat, unless they get zillions.
Needless to say, Captain America soon puts a stop to their devilish plans.
Is it my imagination or is, "Batroc," misspelled on that cover?
It's the only original issue of the Hulk comic that I ever owned as a kid but I loved it, as, now residing in Canada, the Mimic is in danger of draining all our hero's life energy from him
This was the firs time I ever encountered the blue furry version of the Beast and was initially most confused as to whether he was meant to be the same character as the one from the X-Men.
I got this from a newsagents in a place called Heeley Green. This fact will mean nothing to 99.9% of the people reading this post but, somehow, that memory adds a certain charm to it all.
I seem to recall that an alien robot tyrant takes a fancy to the female member of the Metal Men and decides to bombard Earth with loads of missile-shaped robots because of it. How this was supposed to win her heart, I have no idea.
With their sharply defined personalities, I did find the Metal Men quite charming at the time.
It's the comic that gave us America's first teenage president.
More to the point, thanks to its unfeasibly visaged bad guy, it was the first time I ever encountered the smiley-face symbol with which all internetters are now so familiar.
I also learned from it that Mussolini made the trains run on time.
Who says comics aren't educational?
Iron Fist comes to London and immediately gets into a punch-up with Radion the atomic man.
Sadly, it turns out to be curtains for the Post Office Tower, which meets an explosive fate.
Whisper it quietly but I do believe this strip featured John Byrne's finest artwork.
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