In November 1965, large chunks of North America found themselves without electricity in a notorious blackout that launched a thousand and one conspiracy theories.
I could claim that I know this because I'm a dedicated follower of 20th Century history.
But, of course, I only know it because I read about it in a Nick Fury story.
And that can only mean one thing.
It's time to look at what Nick and his merry Marvel mates were up to in the month when that dread outage occurred.
North America may have been saying, "There's no power, man," but Captain America was quickly discovering that there was more than enough Power Man.
Gorgon makes his debut, Medusa starts to turn into a good guy and Dragon Man makes his fiery return in probably my favourite Lee/Kirby FF storyline.
The Absorbing Man tries to steal the throne of Asgard from Odin.
Let's be honest, if he succeeds, would he actually be able to make a worse job of running things than Odin ever did?
A story in which the lack of communication between Steve Ditko and Stan Lee hits you in the face, as Lee doesn't quite seem to know who the bad guy is and gets Dr Octopus mixed up with the Cat, leaving readers well and truly confused as to what's going on.
I don't care how much Nick Fury's contributed to my knowledge of 1960s' power cuts, I'd still rather see Dr Strange on the cover of a mag.
It's Iron vs Titanium in what I think was either Don Heck's last issue on the strip or Gene Colan's first.
Of course, back then, so that DC wouldn't know they'd borrowed their artist, Marvel was calling Gene Colan, "Adam Austin." A ruse that fooled no one who had a pair of eyes.
I think this tale was the first time I ever encountered the Watcher.
I was suitably impressed and have modelled myself on him ever since - especially his habit of interfering in absolutely everything that everyone does.
I assume this is the first appearance of the Sentinels. In which case, the Original X-Men comic finally manages to do something that interests me.
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