Has there ever been a more epoch-making date than February the 21st, 1976?
Not for British comic lovers, there hasn't.
Because it was the date The Super-Heroes disappeared from our newsagents.
It was also the date that Spider-Man Comics Weekly got a brand new name.
It was also the date the wall-crawler got turned on his side and took a very long time to get the right way up again.
Even more sensationally than that, it was the date my local newsagent started stocking The Mighty World of Marvel again, meaning that, after several months of only getting one Marvel UK comic a week, I was suddenly getting two.
How did I cope with such head-splitting excitement?
Frankly, I don't remember but I'm sure I was very pleased.
Hooray! If the cover's to be believed, Conan's finally joined the Avengers and is charging into action with them.
Now Red Wolf's in trouble.
And so is any menace from prehistory, as well. Those giant man-apes won't know what's hit them when Yellowjacket shows up.
What a magnificently beautiful cover.
It clearly has nothing at all to do with Conquest of the Planet of the Apes but it's a fine looking thing, nonetheless and would have convinced me to buy the book even if I wasn't already in the habit of reading it.
Not only that but the cover promises us Ka-Zar and the Black Panther too.
What kind of lunatic could even dream of saying no to such a package?
Someone's clearly got very cross with Dracula.
This is it! The big one!
It's always claimed the Titans landscape format was unpopular with readers and newsagents and therefore failed. But the fact that Spider-Man Comics Weekly was switched to the same format after eighteen weeks of The Titans' existence would suggest that, at the time, Marvel UK saw the format as having been a major success.
The original landscape comic, meanwhile, continues on its own merry way.
And this is the other it! The most exciting thing that happened to me in this week! The return of Mighty World of Marvel!
Its return made such an impact on me that its Hulk tale of giant monsters on a mysterious island is still burned into my memory.
Disappointingly, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil tales are not burned into my memory, as I haven't got a clue what they were.
I'm wondering if the FF tale was the conclusion to the introductory Annihilus tale?
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