The internet tells me that not one interesting thing happened in all the world in the whole of August, 1978.
Fortunately for all thrill-seekers, something interesting was definitely happening in the pages of 2000 AD - because Prog 76 saw Sam Slade make his debut in what was surely the world's first ever attempt to mix Humphrey Bogart and robots.
To be honest, I still have trouble remembering what the difference is between Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe.
Then again, I have trouble remembering what the difference is between Philip Marlowe and Christopher Marlowe.
Then again, I have trouble remembering what the difference is between Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare.
Literature can be a confusing thing.
In other developments, Prog 80 saw the finale of Judge Dredd's Cursed Earth storyline. A storyline so legendary that even I can remember it.
Of course, magnificent as all this might be, the real interest in this month's offerings is Prog 77's chance to win a UFO Interceptor.
Inevitably, like any good 1970s child, I already had a UFO Interceptor long before reading that issue. But I also realised that, if one is to protect the Earth from pesky aliens, one needs three of them, as UFO Interceptors only have one missile each, and aliens always send three spaceships to attack the Earth with.
If it had only occurred to them to send four spaceships, we'd have been doomed!
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