December 1966 wasn't a good week for those who liked to stay alive, as it saw the death of Tara Browne, London socialite and heir to the Guinness fortune, who died in South Kensington after ignoring a red light and crashing into a parked lorry. While that might have been a tragic occurrence, it might not sound a historically significant one, until you realise it was the event which inspired the first verse of the Beatles' A Day in the Life.
Elsewhere, Walt Disney died and - despite urban myths claiming that he's cryogenically frozen and awaiting revival - was cremated.
But they weren't the only ones to depart this world in that month, because legendary music show Ready Steady Go! was broadcast for the final time, with its last performers being The Who.
Does this mean that month was all about departures?
No - because in this month of 1966, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly made its debut.
But what of the good, the bad and the ugly of the comics world? Just how were they getting on in the month that featured that cover date?
I'm trying to recall what the big change in Goliath is. Is it that he regains his ability to change his height?
Is that the Living Laser on the cover? I do hope it's not his light that's failed or it's not going to be much of a story, with the Avengers having to spend twenty pages fighting a non-super-powered man who has no weapons.
I believe this is the one in which our hero has to fight the Gladiator, for the entertainment of the Maggia, and the Gladiator reveals himself to have a surprisingly honourable streak - one that I can't remember ever surfacing again.
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Does that cover mean we've reached the epic in which Dr Doom steals the Silver Surfer's powers and goes on a global rampage?
I love that story. How could I not love it? After all, without it, we'd never have had that unbelievably brilliant second Fantastic Four movie that everyone loves.
My main memory of this story is that Mary Jane gets to dance to records and the Rhino's clothes fall off. These two events are not related.
I have no idea what's going on in here.
Hooray! The plain old Adaptoid becomes the Super-Adaptoid!
Like all villains who can copy the powers of their opponents, the Super-Adaptoid was remarkably useless at taking advantage of his seemingly unbeatable abilities.
Krang's up to no good again.
Exactly what no-good, I couldn't say.
Aren't he and Dorma the wrong colour on this cover?
One of my favourite Thor stories is in full swing, as one of my favourite super-evolved wolf villains is still causing trouble.
As I've mentioned before, my knowledge of the Mimic comes entirely from reading that issue of The Hulk in which he appears. Therefore I can offer few thoughts about this tale, other than to wonder what would happen if he had a fight with the Super-Adaptoid.
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