On this day in 1974, Wombling Merry Christmas smashed onto the UK singles chart, at #21. It was the week's highest new entry.
Oddly, there was no sign of either Slade or Wizzard on that chart.
How the Wombles must have laughed evilly at their triumph over the other two acts, suddenly confident that it would be they who'd dominate the pre-Christmas charts from now on, while Slade and Wizzard's efforts would sink into permanent obscurity.
But were our favourite Marvel heroes enjoying a similar sense of triumph on this very day of forty years ago?
And, if so, was it justified?
It's certainly a triumph for the Avengers, who've actually managed to make the cover of their own mag.
And that means I actually know what the tale inside is.
It's the one with Magneto. And Quicksilver. And the Scarlet Witch. Few people would have guessed that from the cover but I have the observational and deductive skills of Sherlock Holmes, who I so closely resemble.
Eight issues in and still Marvel's adaptation of the original movie rumbles on.
A cover that I believe was originally drawn by Neal Adams before John Romita decided he could improve it and got stuck into it by redrawing great big chunks of it.
I'd love to see what the original version looked like, to discover what was so wrong with it, that the Jazzy one felt he had to save it.
It's the arrival of the Prowler; the only super-doer who thought you could become a super-villain by using your window cleaning equipment as weaponry.
Despite this, I always had a soft spot for him.
You do wonder how many of Dr Doom's schemes can go disastrously wrong before he finally notices he's not infallible.
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