You could never claim the 1970s wasn't the Marvel Age of Comics.
Because, on this night in 1976, BBC One was broadcasting legendary children's series Fingerbobs, the show that introduced me to the word, "Scampi."
As we all recall, the Bob Harris-esque presenter was always introduced by a name that was never totally clear and might have been Boffy but might not have been.
However, thanks to a fit of investigative journalism that Woodward and Bernstein would envy, I've just discovered his real name was Rick Jones. That's the kind of place the 1970s was. We had Peter Parker in charge of the railways and Rick Jones in charge of the Fingerbobs.
And then they claim the 1970s lacked glamour.
But they were about to get a whole lot glamorouser - because this was the week in which a brand new super-hero hit the streets of Britain. A super-hero like no other.
Needless to say, I'll be looking further into that development, at the weekend. But, in the meantime, let's see what was occurring on Planet Marvel UK just as any unsold copies of our favourite mags were being removed from the shelves to make way for that epochal event and others.
There's absolutely nothing on that cover that gives me any hint as to what happens inside the comic, other than that it involves humans and apes. I had already suspected that might be the case.
The inking on that cover looks quite Tom Palmeresque. I wonder if it was indeed by he?
The Gremlin's back!
But what of his father? Has the Gargoyle ever returned from the dead?
If not, does this make him Marvel's longest-running dead character?
It would appear, from the blurb at the top of the cover, that this is the legendary issue where the Vision beats up a Skrull.
If so, I did feel at the time that this instalment was the high watermark of the Kree/Skrull saga and I was most impressed by Neal Adams' ability to draw spaceships and bruises.
It never fails. Every time Mysterio shows up, Spidey starts to doubt his sanity. You'd think he'd have realised by now that it's all done with trickery.
It's that bizarre FF story Stan Lee Frankensteined together from unpublished art Jack Kirby left behind and newly inserted panels by John Buscema.
It'd be nice to say it was a ploy that worked but it was a very strange and jarring read at the time, which left me baffled as to how such a circumstance had arisen. It was only with the rise of the internet that I finally found out.
In other news, we get the return of Batroc Ze Leapair. I first encountered him in the pages of Iron Fist, via The Avengers comic. In that tale, he seemed a far more dangerous foe than he subsequently proved to be anywhere else. Admittedly, that was probably because I didn't know who he was at that time and thus didn't know any better.
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