What madness is this? It's 5:50 pm and Hey Jude is currently being played on Absolute Radio. This means I have an uncontrollable urge to start going, "Na na na na," a lot. And yet, on this day in 1975, the Stylistics were riding high in the UK singles chart with a song that warned us that Na Na Is The Saddest Word.
What can it all mean?
It can only mean it's time to look at what our favourite comic company was offering us in this week of forty years ago.
After months of giving us the likes of Giant-Man and the Cat, Marvel UK finally wheel out one of the big-hitters, with, erm, the Scarecrow.
Still, in fairness, that's a pretty good cover and it does make it look like something you'd want to read.
But are those naked people I spy on the right-hand side of the picture? If so, are they the first naked people ever to feature on the front of a Marvel UK mag?
Arkon's still causing trouble, on a cover that features more super-doers than you can shake a stick at.
Does that cover mean this is the issue where Lady Dorma dies, becoming, I think, the first Marvel super-hero girlfriend to pop her clogs?
It's issue #60 and Dracula suddenly finds himself having to share top-billing with the Legion of Monsters.
It's issue #60 and our simian survivors suddenly find themselves having to share the cover with Ka-Zar and the Black Panther.
Given my liking for both the Panther and Ka-Zar strips, this is, to some of us, no bad thing. Especially as Planet of the Apes was the only Marvel UK mag I was getting regularly at the time, meaning it was my only weekly source of super-hero action.
I don't have a clue what the story depicted here is. From looking at last week's cover, the Hulk should be fighting Zzzax, in his own strip, and I don't remember any late-era Jack Kirby Fantastic Four tales where they tangle with the Hulk,
Such concerns of course pale into insignificance next to the news that the Stiltman is back.
It's even more exciting news than the Stiltman being back, as the Spider-Slayer makes its senses-shattering return.
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