What a thrilling week it's been, with the Northern Lights visible in all sorts of places. How we gasped and, "Ooohed," as they lit up the night sky, dancing their magical way across the ionosphere, like luminescent pixies fresh from a garden in Cottingley.
Admittedly, I didn't. I refused to look. I was too busy thinking about what Marvel Comics were up to in this month of forty years ago. That's how dedicated I am.
And here's the fruit of my labours.
I know nothing of The Assassin but he's clearly up to no good.
Just another day in the life of Conan.
Did you know that alligators are less closely related to crocodiles than people are to chimpanzees? This fact has nothing to do with anything but, not having read the comic, I don't have much to say about it, so I thought I'd say something else instead.
"The Assassin never fails!"
"Bullseye never misses!"
It's clearly a good month for over-confident villains.
I am quite intrigued that, on a cover which shows Daredevil about to be killed by Bullseye, the blurb declares, "Plus: A Startling New Job For Matt Murdock!" as though anyone not convinced to buy the comic by the threat of their hero's imminent demise would suddenly be moved to purchase it by the promise that he gets a new job.
Personally, I'd be more convinced by Bullseye's prowess if he knew how to hold a dart. Jim Bowen would never give him a speedboat for trying to throw it like that.
Is that Alfred the Butler on the floor? Poor old Alfred.
I had a dream last night that they'd made a new Fantastic Four movie; starring Medusa, Power Man, H.E.R.B.I.E. the Robot and She-Hulk. Let's face it, technically, that would be possible. Given their track record, I'm amazed Fox haven't already done it.
I've just discovered that the, "H," in H.E.R.B.I.E. stood for, "Humanoid." Hold on a minute. In what way was H.E.R.B.I.E. humanoid?
For that matter, in what way was he fantastic?
It seems that, "I.E." stood for, "Integrated Electronics." But what is this madness? What kind of robot has non-integrated electronics?
I believe I detect a Berni Wrightson cover. Is this the only time he ever did a Hulk cover?
Did the Freak ever fight anyone except Iron Man? He must have been sick of the sight of him by now.
Then again, I suppose that could explain why he's trying to bash his head in with a rock.
I do believe this issue was drawn by Sal Buscema because Ross Andru was busy drawing the epic Superman vs Spider-Man tale that all 1970s comic fans knew they had to get their hands on.
Was this the Sandman's first Spider-Man appearance since the original Sinister Six story way back in the days of Steve Ditko?
If so, that seems remarkable, bearing in mind his status as one of Spidey's classic foes.
I believe Thor may still be tangling with the world-mangling menace of the Time Twisters.
"The Savage World of 1984!" I remember it well. Nik Kershaw on the pop charts. Give My Regards to Broad Street in the cinemas. Orville the Duck on TV. It was a living nightmare.
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