This week in 1975, the Bay City Rollers were sat supreme at Number One on the UK singles chart, with Give a Little Love. I remember sinking into a deep trough of despair at the time, when this happened, and standing outside a shop, peering in through its windows and praying their careers would die.
Obviously, now that I'm much older, such frustration is gone and I can now appreciate the Bay City Rollers and their contribution to Popular Music.
Well, alright, I can't. I can merely mock their memory, in a graceless manner unbecoming of me. But, after forty years, I do at least feel that I can afford to be magnanimous and finally forgive them their sins. Plus, nostalgia has a strange way of lending charm to even the most unlikely of things.
I do get the feeling though that the heroes of Marvel UK's mags weren't being quite so forgiving of their tormentors' sins.
Blinky blonky blimey, governor, Spider-Perisher's in London and fighting those blighters who are out to blow up Her Majesty's Big Ben, like dirty rotten cads, what ho?
As you can hear, I do have a quite superb British accent, having been practising it for many years.
In other news, I am quite impressed by terrorists who drive around in Rolls Royces.
It's more action than the human mind can possibly hope to even dream of accommodating, as the newly merged mag flings everything it can at us.
The Hulk's well and truly back in Jarella Land.
I've got a feeling that this issue may have had an advert for Dinky Toys' Space: 1999 Eagle on the back but I couldn't swear to it for certain.
If it does, it was the first time I learned of that show's existence.
If it doesn't, it wasn't.
Given the total lack of fighting skills, tactical nous and intelligence of Jack Russell's hairy alter-ego, it's hard to see how a fight between him and Dracula could be anything but a one-sided smackdown but, nonetheless, that tussle reaches its second issue.
What a nice cover. It was always a treat when Marvel UK decided to reprint one of the US originals instead of commissioning a new one.
I've no idea what's going on here but the bad guy does have an air of the villains in Marvel's adaptation of Gullivar Jones about him.
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