Hold on to your sink plungers, sci-fi fans, because in this month of 1965, Peter Cushing's Dr Who and the Daleks movie was released to a rapt nation. Has there ever been a more important event in the history of mankind?
No there hasn't.
Never before or since had Roy Castle, lava lamps and unfamiliar jazz music been used to such terrifying effect.
But what were our favourite Marvel heroes up to in the face of such competition?
There's only one way to find out.
The Swordsman makes his flat-of-the-blade swinging debut.
Poor old Swordsie. If only he'd known how completely and totally wrong for him everything was going to go for him from this moment on.
Matt Murdock decides to get eye surgery and gets more than he bargained for.
I'm trying to recall if this is the first time the Thing's turned against the FF since that early Dr Doom tale where he decided he was Blackbeard and wanted to devote his life to being a pirate.
Thor's still having trouble with the Destroyer.
I think this might be the first ever time we got to see Odin in his jim-jams.
I do think this tale deserves the award for having the worst title ever for a Spider-Man story.
After years of clinging on by a thread, the Human Torch and the Thing finally lose their slot in Strange Tales, as that dastardly Nick Fury grabs it for himself.
It has always seemed to me that SHIELD and Dr Strange were very ill-matched bedfellows to have in one comic.
I suspect Captain America may still be up against the Red Skull and his tank-disintegrating ray.
I suspect the Iron Man tale is the one where he comes up against a bunch of invading Moon men just as his ne'er-do-well cousin is trying to fake an invasion by Moon men. Oh the bitter irony.
Clearly something was in the air at Marvel Towers this month. Just as the Torch and Thing are banished from Strange Tales, Hank Pym is dumped from Tales to Astonish and replaced by the Sub-Mariner.
Something that strikes me is that both this tale and the SHIELD tale from this month were reprinted in issue #1 of Marvel UK's Titans mag.
Or all part of a strange plan beyond our comprehension?
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