Fortunately, we didn't need anything to happen in the real world.
That's because we were still reeling from the events that had unfolded in the world of Marvel UK in the preceding few days.
And this is why! It's the comic that's going to change all our lives forever!
Britain's first and greatest super-hero - if you ignore all those earlier ones like The Spider and The Steel Claw - makes his pole-swinging debut!
He also gives us a free gift while he's at it!
Tragically, I never had that free gift because I never had issue #1 but the strip was written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Herb Trimpe, so, even with my absence, how could it not be a success that was guaranteed to run and run?
Will man and ape ever learn to live together in peace and harmony?
Judging by the cover, I'm beginning to suspect they may not.
I am always impressed by how easy characters in these comics find it to beat up gorillas. I'd like to see the writers and artists of the strips try to beat up a gorilla and see just how far they get with it.
The Gremlin's up to no good at all.
I believe this is the tale where various members of the Hulkbusters team decide to invade the Gremlin's castle.
Is it to rescue Glenn Talbot from the Russians?
Does it turn out he's lost his memory?
Doesn't the Hulk then have to enter his brain and sort him out with a peculiarly muscular brand of psychiatry?
But forget Britain and France's super-doers. We don't need them for excitement - because we've got the Negative Zone's battlingest battler, as Annihilus returns and we soon get things heading towards that planet again. The one that destroys everything that enters its atmosphere.
Given that the Negative Zone appears to be a whole universe in its own right, you'd think it'd be fairly easy to stay away from that planet but, somehow, no FF visit to the Negative Zone ever seemed to happen without it looming into view.