If the internet's to be believed, the Perseid meteor shower's going to be lighting up our skies tonight. I have no doubt that, by tomorrow morning, the entire population of the world will be blind and we'll all be fleeing from murderous vegetables that can only be killed by sea water.
In the meantime, here's a look at what Marvel were up to exactly forty years ago.
And, Reader, I can announce that one of this month's issues was a momentous moment in the history of Marvel Comics. One that would affect the future of the company and its universe for decades to come.
Can you guess which one it is before I get to it?
It's certainly not this issue. Not unless the revelation of the Stranger's somewhat disappointing secret is still haunting you after all these years.
Hold on! What's this? There's no cowering blonde on the cover!
But there's always a cowering blonde on the cover! I've got a good mind to demand my money back!
I'm totally unfamiliar with the Alchemoid. All I know is that, judging by the cover, he has more than a hint of Marvel's Quasimodo about him.
I am familiar with Copperhead but am struggling to remember the actual story.
Bah! I like to think the Thing could flatten a mere tyrannosaurus, with one hand tied behind his back.
For more Thing vs Tyrannosaurus action, click this link.
After more than a decade, the Toad Men make their long-awaited return.
Admittedly, I was probably the only one awaiting their return but I was always a great admirer of their work, even if no one else was.
And you can read my review of their first appearance, by clicking on this very link.
The War of the Super-Villains? Who did it involve? Was Paste-Pot Pete involved? If not, I demand my money back.
The Tarantula's back and, if memory serves me correctly, working for the Jackal.
I love Ulik. Every time Ulik loses, a small part of my soul dies. If Ulik doesn't win this time, I demand my money back.
I seem to be doing a lot of demanding my money back this month. You can tell I'm a Yorkshireman.
And here it is! At last, after years of reprints, a startling new era begins in the strip that would go on to become Marvel's best-seller, as the new team arrive in the monthly title.
I loved the New X-Men so much that, for once, I'm not going to demand my money back. Sometimes, even a Yorkshireman is willing to part company with his cash.
Not that I'll be making a habit of it.
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