Still, that means we get a mighty handful of Marvel awesomeness even earlier than expected, and who could complain about that?
The enemies of our favourite Marvel heroes could. That's who.
That's because it means they're going to get punched in the face even sooner than they could ever have dreamt possible.
It's the first issue of Captain Britain that I ever read!
As I've said elsewhere, I wasn't overly impressed by the star of the show but I did at least like the way he smelled.
I have always wondered though just why Captain Britain's staff had the French Tricolour on it. Clearly he was a very confused nationalist.
I'm assuming the Fantastic Four tale is the one where the Thing turns bad, yet again, and has a punch-up with the Hulk. It's odd but I have no memory at all of ever having read that tale at the time. Given its epoch-making nature, it does seem odd that I'd totally forget ever having encountered it.
It's a miracle! I think I know what the Ka-Zar story is and even believe I have a copy of it lying around somewhere!
I'll have to make the effort to review it in the not-too-distant future, as, if it's the one I think it is, it has some nice artwork, and people who have stripes like those of zebras.
I detect the arrival of the world's greatest poetry-spouting triceratops. And it's not every issue you can say that about.
The Scorpion returns for the first time since the days of Ditko.
Considering how epic his first appearance was, it seems strange that he was used so sparingly in the strip from that point on.
Isn't this the one where the prison guards let him have his costume back, in an attempt to cheer him up? What a fantastic prison. With penal staff of that quality, it's hard to see why 1970s New York had such a crime problem.
I love this story. That naughty rapscallion Ares tries to stir up a war on Earth, we get the return of Hercules, the return of Hawkeye and the chance to see just how much Barry Smith's style has changed since his previous stint on the strip way back in Adamantium's origin tale.
I am alarmed by the title of that Captain America tale though. Does it mean he's going to be going on about Bucky again?