It would appear that it was in this month of 1966 that Bob Dylan was famously booed for using electric instruments on stage.
He could at least console himself with the knowledge that he wasn't alone in facing such hostility. I think we all remember the nightmare furore that erupted when Marvel Comics' artists were booed for using electric pencil sharpeners.
Let's see to what use they were putting the lead in those pencils.
Hooray! Giant-Man is back in the Avengers and calling himself Goliath!
I recall being strangely pleased by this development when I was a lad. I think I was impressed by the visual imagery of a man towering above all others, and the human drama of him being permanently stuck at that height.
The power! The drama! Hold onto your sanity as best you can as the Human Torch goes to college!
Hold on a minute. Shouldn't the fact that the FF are fighting a fifty foot tall alien who wants to eat the world be deemed a slightly more cover-worthy plot strand?
Yet more attempts to sell a comic by mentioning College on the cover. Stan Lee really was fixated with trying to get students to read his comics in this era, wasn't he.
If I remember rightly, the villain in this tale is The Looter, even though I suspect that everyone thinks his meteor-spawned powers should have seen him be called Meteor Man.
Sadly, Stan fails to find a way to mention College on the cover of this mag but we do at least get another giant.
I always liked Ultimo. He had an air of unstoppability that appealed to me. I wonder how he'd do against the Hulk. He'd flatten Hulkie, wouldn't he?
It's another classic as Thor literally goes to Hades, and Hercules learns a lesson he'll never forget.
Obviously, Ultimo would flatten the pair of them.
I've never read this issue but it all looks very dramatic.
I do always wonder if there's an issue where the Angel actually does fly into that giant X, like he's threatening to, and brains himself.
I'm not sure why Marvel Girl's balancing a bag of money on her head.
Hooray! Spider-Man shows up, as Stan tests out Jazzy John's suitability for taking over the Spider-Man strip in the unlikely event of Steve Ditko leaving anytime soon.
And you could get it all for the bargain price of 10d.
Hercules is a very busy man. Not only does he have to take on Pluto and the hordes of Hades this month but he also has to tackle the Hulk as well.
I think this tale may have been the first time I encountered Marvel's take on the Obstreperous Olympian. I seem to recall that he struck me as being a bit of a wally.
How little the reader of 1966 could have suspected that a character who could barely make the cover of his own mag would one day have a big budget Hollywood blockbuster made about him starring Lord Benedict Cucumber Patch, while SHIELD would have to settle for a mere TV show starring that woman from Meadowhead.
I don't like to boast but I think I can theoretically see her old house from where I am right now. You can't accuse me of not mixing with the stars.
Stay tuned to this blog for future news of which celebrities' houses I can theoretically see.
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