There are some mad fools in this world who think 1970s Britain was some kind of a cultural wasteland.
How wrong they were - because, on this day in 1976, BBC One was showing Carry On Jack and the Wurzels were reigning supreme at Number Three on the singles chart, with I Am A Cider Drinker.
But what of our favourite comics company?
Could they possibly match such high-faluting offerings?
And would they even try?
John Romita's short run on the Fantastic Four reaches its dramatic conclusion.
But, looking at these covers over the months, and reading the blurbs at the top of them, has made me realise just how frequent it was for Captain America to come up against the Red Skull in this era.
At times, he must have just sat there, on the end of his bed, head in hands, wondering, "When will I get someone else to fight? When?"
Hooray! The Kree/Skrull War makes its way to the Great Refuge and, I believe, we're given the reason why Maximus went mad.
Needless to say, my sympathy was all with Maximus.
This was mostly because he was wearing a flamboyant shirt at the time but also because, being evil beyond words, as I am, I can spot a kindred spirit from a hundred miles away.
It does strike me that, for a man who was sworn to never speak, Black Bolt seemed to do a remarkable amount of vocalising. In fact, it was virtually a miracle if he managed to get through five pages without letting rip.
I assume the cover relates to the comic's reprinting of the original Planet of the Apes adaptation.
Oddly, I have no memory at all of the mag having committed such a heinous act, even though, at the time, it must have felt like a bit of a swizz to be given it once again.
I can only assume that Marvel UK was running out of Planet of the Apes material once more.
Clearly, they should have shown some sense and redrawn Skull the Slayer stories as Apeslayer tales. Did these people have no idea as to how to put a comic together?
Oh dear. Loki's seized control of Asgard for the millionth time. You'd have thought that, by now, everyone in that place would be on the look-out for him.
But what's the promised second Spider-Man feature? Is it a Marvel Team-Up tale?
If so, is it the one that features Spidey and the Human Torch battling Morbius?
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