Big-time Brummie Santa-botherer Roy Wood once sang the immortal words, "I wish it could be Christmas every day."
But, if it were Christmas every day, it'd always be December the 25th.
And that means it'd never be December the 20th.
And that'd mean I'd never have the chance to find out what Marvel UK were up to on that day in 1975.
What kind of maniac is that man? Is he trying to ruin the 38th best blog in Sheffield?
I ought to have him hunted down and eaten by a rabid reindeer.
And, trust me, I have the terrifying power to arrange it.
I genuinely don't have a clue what the Avengers story is in this issue, as I can recall no Avengers tales from this era that feature giant robots.
I also don't have a clue what the Conan story is, as I don't remember any Conan stories ever that don't feature evil wizards.
Cap and Bucky are dangling from a missile-type thingy as it soars ever upwards.
I don't like to be negative but that sort of thing rarely ends happily for them.
I initially misread the speech balloon on this cover as, "Stay back, folks! So commands Dracula, lord of vampires!" I now can't imagine Dracula talking like anything other than a duff working men's club entertainer.
We're still escaping from the Planet of the Apes.
I don't have a Scooby what happens in the back-up strips this issue but I do know that's a very nice cover depicting what was the most tear-inducing moment in cinema history until that robot got run over in Silent Running.
It's news that all monster fans should celebrate, as Zzzax makes his electrifying debut.
As with the last few weeks, I never had this issue but had already read the Hulk story in the 1975 Marvel Annual, a review of which can be found by clicking this very link.
It's that rare thing, a Spider-Man Comics Weekly cover that's dominated by Iron Man and Thor.
The X-Men are still up against a pleasingly unlikely Pick & Mix of menace.
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