On October 11th, 1975, Model World made its first appearance on BBC television. In it, Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff showed us all how to make a model railway from bits of paper and cardboard.
Believe it or not, this was the most interesting thing that happened in the world on that day.
There was only one thing for it! We were going to have to take refuge in the thrills and spills of Marvel UK, as never before!
The Avengers take on what would become known as the Invaders, in what my razor-sharp senses tell me can only be Blackpool.
Dracula, getting quite trad on that cover.
We're still escaping from the Planet of the Apes.
We're given no clues at all as to what the back-up strips are.
Spidey's up against Morbius, and Iron Man's still up against AIM. This must be the nineteenth consecutive week that shellhead's been up against them.
If we don't count that cover from the other week, Tiger Shark makes what I believe is his Marvel UK debut.
I've always liked Tiger Shark. I admire anyone who wears a fin on his head.
It might be good news for Tiger Shark admirers but it's terrible news for Ant-Man fans. No sooner has he made his debut than he turns into Giant-Man.
I'm not sure why the Cat's been coloured green on two consecutive covers, when her costume was yellow in the US originals. Whatever the reason, you can read my review of that origin of the Cat, right here.
It does strike me that all the heroes on this cover ended up being replaced in their roles by someone else. The Original X-Men were replaced by the New X-Men, Greer Nelson was replaced as the Cat by Patsy Walker's Hellcat, and Hank Pym was replaced as Ant-Man by Scott Lang. It seems that birds of a feather really do flock together.
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