This week in 1975, Whispering Grass by Don Estelle and Windsor Davies hit the Number One slot on the UK singles chart. Surely music could only go downhill from that point on.
And it did. Never again would we get to see two actors from a sit-com appearing in character at the top of the music charts.
Admittedly, when I say, "Never again," I don't know if we did or not. I'm just assuming we didn't, as I can't believe we could have been blessed enough to have experienced such a thing twice in our lifetimes.
But what about Marvel UK's output of that very week all those years ago? Was it indeed half hot, Mum? And could it possibly live up to such lofty standards?
Never mind all that pesky grass being a nuisance. Spidey's still having trouble with a man called Bullit.
I seem to recall that this features the Hulk's first encounter with the Silver Surfer, meaning it was printed several years later than it should have been if continuity had been stuck to.
Regardless, It's always been my favourite Marie Severin Hulk tale and, at the time, there was something strangely pleasing about seeing her, "return," to the strip after a couple of years' absence.
Not only does the Surfer have his hands full this week with tackling the Hulk but he's also got to tangle with Spider-Man.
And not only does the Hulk have to tackle the Surfer but he's also up against the original Night-Crawler in a tale that had already been reprinted several months earlier in The Mighty World of Marvel. Such were the continuity problems Marvel UK found themselves lumbered with.
It's that rarity, a Dracula Lives cover where our favourite fang-barer isn't boasting about how he's going to kill everyone.
I'm not sure that insulting an ape by calling him, "Ape-face," makes an awful lot of sense. I mean, what other kind of face would he be likely to have?
Is this the first ever appearance of what became that good old cover staple; Conan stood atop a veritable hillock of attacking foes?
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