Holy historians, Batman! Doing these posts is starting to resemble watching one of those time-lapse videos on YouTube, which depict the decline of the Roman Empire via the medium of maps. In this week of 1976, Marvel UK now found itself down to publishing just four comics a week. Could this nightmare mean the end was nigh for the plucky publishing powerhouse?
Fortunately it didn't. Little did we know that, even as circumstances seemed to be growing increasingly straitened, brave new ventures and expansions were just around the corner.
But, for now, what few comics we had were packed with more action and drama than the human mind could hope to withstand.
I'm assuming The Night Staker Dracula tale is the one that was clearly based on the Kolchak TV movie of a noticeably similar title.
Was the Man-Thing tale the Mike Ploog drawn one with the ghostly clown hanging around in the swamp and making other characters act out something or other for reasons that escape me?
On other matters, does one detect a Larry Lieber cover?
Opening this issue for the first time was a very exciting moment for me, as The Avengers merged with MWOM and I got my very first taste of Neal Adams' stint on the Kree/Skrull War, as Ant-Man decided to go for a journey around the inner workings of the Vision.
How I was impressed by Adams' fluid draftsmanship, his daring layouts and the embellishments of Tom Palmer.
It's one of the least likely storylines in the history of fiction, as Dr Octopus decides to marry Aunt May in an attempt to get his hands on her nuclear power plant. Heaven only knows what Steve Ditko would have made of it all.
That Iron Man tale vaguely rings a bell. I have a feeling it may have been drawn by Gentleman George Tuska.
The FF take on a creature from space. One that bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. By this point, Jolly Jack was making no attempt to disguise from where he was deriving inspiration.
I think this was another issue that I somehow found myself possessing two copies of, meaning I was free to colour one of them in with my coloured pencils. If Marvel UK'd had any sense, they'd have marketed their comics as colouring books and used the monochrome as a selling point.
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