I also have to announce the results of our poll to find out how many super-heroes we can all shake a fist at. Needless to say, it was a close poll with many swings and wobbles along the way but the results are in and they're as follows:
- 10 or fewer - three votes.
- 11-20 - one vote.
- 21-30 - one vote.
- 31-40 - one vote.
- 41-50 - two votes.
- 100+ - four votes.
I think we can all agree that the results have been something of a revelation and leave us in no doubts that Steve Does Comics readers are all as hard as nails.
Those issues dealt with, we can turn our attention to even greater issues - the issues produced by Marvel UK in this week of exactly forty years ago!
"Barbarism beyond belief!" claims the cover. Don't forget to vote in our, "How much barbarism can YOU believe in?" poll. Remember, it's what Robert E Howard would have wanted of you.
It's the last issue of Marvel UK's Avengers that I ever owned - and not too far off being the last issue ever published, as Conan and The Sonj find themselves up against pervy sorcerers, the Avengers find themselves up against Ronan, and Shang-Chi finds himself up against nocturnal Ninjas.
I must confess that, of those three tales, I have no memory at all of the Shang-Chi one, which saddens me greatly, as he's always been a role model of mine.
That cover looks familiar. I can't remember what happens inside it though.
It's a sad day for all British horror fans, as Dracula Lives hits its last ever issue before it merges with The Planet of the Apes.
The good news is it means that those of us who read Planet of the Apes every week will get to read the adventures of Mike Ploog era Man-Thing which is an era of strangeness and charisma.
Hooray! The Kangaroo is back and all set to use his awesome power of jumping around a bit, against Spider-Man.
I always had a soft spot for the Kangaroo. Whatever his failings, he was nothing if not an optimist.
Hooray! The Missing Link is back!
I've always had a soft spot for the Missing Link, mostly because he's easy to draw but also because I can recognise a kindred spirit when I see one.
I know this means I must now be viewed as a cross between the Missing Link and Shang-Chi, master of Kung Fu but I like to feel it's an image that does me justice.
Hooray! Torgo makes his debut!
I've always had a soft spot for Torgo.
Oh, let's be honest, I have a soft spot for everyone. That's the kind of man I am.