I'll be honest. Tonight, I was going to cave in to public demand and see what our favourite DC heroes were up to exactly fifty years ago.
The only problem is that when I tried to write the post, I couldn't think of a single thing to say about any of the covers in question.
It really does smack you in the face how undynamic and uninteresting DC covers from that era were compared to their livelier Marvel counterparts.
But, if you want to see DC's covers from September of 1964, you can do so by clicking on this very link.
If you can think of anything interesting to say about any of them, you're free to post those thoughts in the comment box below and succeed where I failed.
In the meantime, having been defeated by DC, I shall retreat into the familiar and descend into the happy days of Marvel UK's Planet of the Apes.
As you may know, the UK Planet of the Apes comic was in the habit of reprinting sci-fi tales from US Marvel's black and white range; and one of the more memorable of those tales was a thing called War Toy.
It's the tale of a robot created to fight in wars, so that people don't have to.
Sadly, the military give him short shrift and he has nothing to do until aliens invade Australia, at which point he's sent into combat and plays a major part in the Earth's victory.
That's the happy part.
The unhappy part is that no sooner is that war over than the military dump him again and he's left to try and make a life for himself on Civvie Street.
It's not what you'd call a happy tale. In fact, it's what you'd call downright angry, clearly meant to draw parallels with the treatment of human veterans of war, trained to serve their country and then forgotten and neglected once the fighting's over.
I suspect I'm not the only one who found it memorable because the other thing I've always assumed about it is that the movie Short Circuit was to some degree inspired by it, as there are some fairly obvious similarities.
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