A wasteland! A wasteland! That is what my life has become!
Because this was the week in 1975 when Mighty World of Marvel and Spider-Man Comics Weekly disappeared from the shelves of my local newsagents, joining The Avengers which had already vanished several weeks earlier.
It means that, for several months on end, Planet of the Apes was the only Marvel UK comic I was reading. Now, at last, is my chance to find out what I was missing.
It turns out I wasn't missing The Titans because I actually had this issue, even though, the following week, this title too disappeared from the local shops.
The Panther is clearly still battling the Sons of the Serpent.
I genuinely don't have anything to say about this cover, other than that it seems that vampirism isn't a cure for male-pattern baldness.
That's another of my plans dashed. It looks like I'll have to resort to lycanthropy instead.
As fellow blogger Dougie predicted several weeks ago, Planet of the Apes is now giving us Man-Gods From Beyond the Stars, which I remember being beautifully illustrated by Alex Niño. It was so good a strip that Marvel UK reprinted it again a few years later, this time in their Star Wars comic.
That's not Planet of the Apes' only link with Star Wars. The cops on this cover have clearly taken aiming lessons from that film's Imperial Troopers.
Where on Earth is that one on the left aiming? There aren't even any apes over there.
And as for the one who's shooting directly between his colleague's legs...
I assume this issue sees the return of Psycho-Man, as the FF go in search of the Silver Surfer in that wrong-doer's sub-atomic realm.
It's all getting very dramatic.
But what on Earth was The Parker Principle?
The Cat would appear to be following in the grand Marvel tradition of heroes fighting aliens early on in their careers. Presumably, this means that next she'll be up against a menace from beneath the Earth, a bunch of communists and a super-strong foe who turns out to be a robot.
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