December 1976 was a momentous month for Marvel Comics.
Well, granted, it wasn't really. It was probably October or September or August that was the momentous month but doing maths hurts my head, so I'll pretend these comics actually came out in December like they pretended to.
Whichever month it was, it was momentous because the company launched a brand new comic that would, in many ways be a harbinger of things to come.
What was it?
Why was it?
How was it?
There's only one way to find out - and that's to read the rest of this post.
Those have to be the most talkative floating heads I've ever seen in my life.
I assume those are special chains that Attuma's using, otherwise it's hard to see how they could pose any problem for a man who can turn intangible.
Hooray! I had this issue!
That means I had four consecutive issues of Conan the Barbarian. That must have been a record for a US Marvel comic.
From what I can recall of the tale, something comes out of the sea and Conan has to fight it.
Admittedly, you could probably tell that from the cover but it's all I can remember of it other than that I liked the artwork which may have been by Val Mayerik.
I know nothing of this story but the monster reminds me of a less surreal version of Orrgo from Strange Tales #90.
If I guess right, this tale was reprinted in one of the Marvel UK annuals.
From what I can recall, the Beetle and the Gladiator hijack a bus - which seems an odd plan for a pair of super-villains - and there might be some sort of action involving a newsagent.
Admittedly, I may be remembering the tale completely wrongly.
Hooray! I had this one!
That means I had five consecutive issues of The Fantastic Four, which must have been a record for a US Marvel comic.
I enjoyed this issue greatly. With its reappearance of Thundra and Tigra, the debut of that super-villain who passes out at the sight of fire, and the return of The Brute, how could any comic fan not love it?
Is this the issue after Jarella dies, when the Hulk gets a bit destructy until the Defenders show up?
So, let me get this straight, The villain of this issue is a pirate with a rocket-powered peg leg? Were they a bit short of ideas this month?
Isn't this the story in which the Kingpin attempts to transfer Spider-Man's life energy into his own son?
What a dastardly bounder that man is.
This is it! A pivotal moment in the history of Marvel Comics, as it launches a second Spider-Man comic!
Admittedly, it's technically a third Spider-Man comic, as we already had Marvel Team-Up but I've never regarded Marvel Team-Up as canon.
Spectacular Spider-Man might have given us even more opportunities to enjoy our hero but I can't help feel it signalled the future trend of Marvel's major heroes starring in a million and one books every month in order to extract as much cash from them as the company possibly could. It's a slippery slope that I don't like sliding down.
I therefore feel that this was a bad thing.
I also tend to feel its existence robbed Amazing Spider-Man of its uniqueness and therefore robbed it of half its magic, making it feel increasingly like it was just another comic.
Oh blimey. Odin's at it again. Does he never learn?
Hooray! The New X-Men go to Ireland and I get my first exposure to the Juggernaut!
It's a silly tale, with leprechauns showing up but it's oddly endearing and I still enjoyed it.
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