On this day, forty years ago, BBC 2 was showing Circus of Horrors, the nightmare tale of a mad cosmetic surgeon causing chaos amidst the carnival folk of Europe.
But there was a greater horror awaiting me. For, little did I realise as I sat down to read that week's comics, that minds immeasurably superior to mine were failing to re-order most of my favourite Marvel UK mags and that I was soon to be robbed of those titles for months on end as they suddenly vanished from the local newsagents.
But what tales of derring-doing hit my eyeballs in that fateful week?
Hooray! I can win £150 for drawing cartoons! With that, I'll be able to buy 1,666 copies of The Titans #3!
Dr Strange is up against the tentacular terror of Shuma-Gorath, in a saga whose early chapters I'm highly familiar with but whose conclusion I still, to this day, have never read.
I do believe that that cover is by Pablo Marcos, the artist I associate most strongly with Marvel UK covers, especially those involving Dracula, the Hulk, Planet of the Apes and Captain Britain.
"Bonus! The people who are The Planet of the Apes!"
What on Earth could such a strange statement mean?
This is it, the last issue of Spider-Man Comics Weekly I read before the title disappeared from the newsagents.
Iron Man seems to be fighting the Destroyer. If he is, it's a tale I have no memory of at all - which is odd, as you'd think such a clash would lodge itself permanently in the mind of even the most inattentive reader.
Here it is, the last issue of Mighty World of Marvel I read before the title also disappeared from the newsagents.
It did, at least, go out on a high, with one of my favourite Hulk foes.
The Super-Heroes, just sort of trundling along in its own unassuming way...
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