It's exciting times for me. Not only has the UK chosen this year's Eurovision entry but it's the fortieth anniversary of the week when I discovered that Conan is pronounced Coh-nan and not Con-nun.
How did I find that out?
I found out when Stan Lee appeared on ITV children's magazine show Magpie to plug the launch of Marvel UK's two new comics, The Super-Heroes and Savage Sword of Conan. How I gasped as he began his appearance by pretending to be J Jonah Jameson while Mick Robertson dressed up as Spider-Man.
I believe it was also the first time I'd ever seen Stan Lee on TV, though I could be wrong.
But what else was happening in the mighty world of Marvel UK on that fateful week that shall live forever in legend?
It's issue #1 of one of the very books that Stan was plugging, as the Silver Surfer gets his own mag and is now free to inflict his own unique brand of self-pity and tirelessly depressing sanctimony on the people of Britain.
Conan too is launched upon the nation.
How ironic that he and the Surfer should get their own mags in the same week. Were there ever two characters who were more the polar opposite of each other? One all moping and speechifying; and the other a man of few words, with barely any capacity for moping at all.
Why did Conan's mag not succeed in Britain when it was a major success in America? Who can know? Certainly the cover of issue #1 should have had it flying off the shelves.
Was Conan technically Marvel's first British hero? I suppose it depends where Cimmeria was.
Personally, I like to think it was in Cleethorpes.
Who can guess the dread secret of the Schemer?
In all fairness, I think we all did. Still, it's a dramatic cover if nothing else.
Marvel UK merrily printing the Hulk's adventures out of order. Straight after the first Jarella story, we get the one where she comes to Earth and it all goes a bit unfortunate if you're a sun worshipper.
Doc Strange in what I assume is the prelude to possibly my favourite John Buscema Avengers tale.
I take it from the cover that the Jason and Alexander tale's over.
I don't have a clue what happens in this week's story but it all looks like its going to be exciting.
A less than stellar cover does however contain news that we're about to meet the man who was, at one point, Marvel's biggest movie star.
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