February 1966 was one of the most important months in human history. Seeing, as it did, the birth of Rick Astley.
Could Marvel Comics' output of that month possibly live up to that moment, in terms of global significance?
There's only one way to find out.
I think this is the only Avengers tale I've ever read that features them battling Dr Doom.
Bearing in mind his high profile in the Marvel universe, it seems surprising he didn't show up more often in their mag.
Then again, I only recall him fighting Spider-Man once and the Hulk once and Daredevil once and Thor once. Clearly, Stan the Man liked to use him sparingly in mags that didn't star the Fantastic Four.
I'm actually not that sure what's going on on that cover but I do remember enjoying the first meeting of Marvel's least super super-doers.
I especially liked the Plunderer's magic guns, even though I can't recall what it was they actually did.
It's one of my all-time faves, as the FF find the Hidden land.
It's a tale I first read in an issue of Marvel's Greatest Comics and, with its use of Dragon Man, the Inhumans, the Alpha Primitives and the Seeker, plus Sue Storm changing her hairdo whilst on her way into battle, it made a huge impact on me.
I'm so dim that, up until today, I'd always assumed the mystery villain Thor's squaring up to on this cover was the Demon. It's only just dawned on me that that shadow can only belong to Hercules.
It's that issue where Spider-Man spends about a thousand pages trying to lift some machinery off himself.
If you've ever wanted to see how this cover would look with moving water, you can, by clicking on this link here, which'll take to an animated gif of it created by Kerry Callen.
Nick Fury's still doing spy stuff.
Captain America's still up against the Sleeper - a foe that managed to look ever more silly as the tale progressed.
It basically ended up as a giant head riding around on a flying mechanical manta ray above the countryside. I'm no military expert but it always seemed to me that that wasn't an obvious design for a world-conquering super-weapon.
Not having read it, I don't have a clue what happens in this one but, from the cover, I'm assuming that Atlantis must be imperilled.
That's a very dramatic cover.
Sadly, I've forgotten who their mystery visitor was. Was it Magneto? Was it the Juggernaut? Was it Professor X?
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