In June 1966, Britain scrapped its space programme. Bearing in mind it had achieved such magnificent feats as... ...erm... ...er... ...I don't know, I can't help feeling this was a major national catastrophe and I have had it on good authority, from several prime ministers, that this is the only reason I've never been sent to the moon.
It was also the month when Britain's first credit card was introduced. What kind of fools were they? They scrapped the space programme just as a means of paying for it had arrived!?! It's that kind of lack of imagination that's to blame for us all not now living in cities at the bottom of the sea.
But what about our favourite Marvel heroes in that month of that year? Were they over the moon? Or were they instead all adrift in space?
I must confess I do love any cover that features Goliath mingling with normal-sized people.
I also have to say this is the only time I can ever remember the Black Widow's original costume not looking awful.
I do have to admit that the Masked Marauder wasn't one of the most impressive of villains - mostly because he wore a curtain on his face - but the main thing I like about this tale is it leaves us in no doubt that Daredevil isn't really capable of beating Spider-Man in any kind of prolonged fight.
I'm not sure that that admission would exactly have been good for the mag's sales but it was at least a pleasing dose of honesty and common sense.
It's that one where a grumpy scientist swaps places with the Thing and then learns the value of having heroic tendencies.
Admittedly, those heroic tendencies get him killed, so they don't turn out to be that valuable.
I do remember this tale being reprinted in Les Daniels' legendary book Marvel, of which you can read my ancient review by clicking on this link here.
Was this the tale where we got our first proper introduction to Norman Osborne? Or am I thinking of another issue completely?
"Lo! The eggs shall hatch!" It's the phrase I never thought I'd have to type twice in my lifetime but, thanks to the reprints in The Titans, I find I've now had to do just that in the last few months alone.
A tale from back when A.I.M. were known as Them.
Of course, a pedant would point out that they should actually have been called, "They."
I've no idea what happens in this tale but it looks like it's not good news for everyone's favourite water-breathing crime-fighter.
Did Odin and Zeus ever comment on the fact that they looked exactly the same?
You have to hand it to Zeus. There's not many men would try to tackle Hercules and Thor without leaving their chair.
I don't have a clue what's going on on this cover but it has a lovely colour scheme. Thanks to that, I would say it's my favourite 1960s X-Men cover that this feature has so far dealt with.
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