On the first of December, 1976, two events occurred that rocked Britain to its very foundations.
The first was that the Sex Pistols (and Siouxsie Sioux) achieved TV immortality when they said naughty words on Bill Grundy's early evening TV show.
The other was that Kevin Keegan fell off his bike in Superstars.
Talking-Head nostalgia shows would have us believe that the former of those events had the greatest impact on the British public at the time but my memory is that, the next day, everyone was talking about the Keegan incident and no one at all was talking about the Sex Pistols one.
This is hardly surprising, as one was transmitted at peak viewing time on national TV and the other was only on local television and therefore couldn't have been seen by around ninety percent of the people who claim to have watched it at the time. Presumably they're also the five million people who were at the Sex Pistols' first gig despite it having been in a venue that only held one man and his dog.
Either way, with such trauma in the air, we clearly had no choice but to seek respite in the world of super-heroes.
Hovercraft can drive up walls?
Now that I know this, it makes me wonder why they've never caught on with the public. I'm going out to get one, right now. Come to think of it, I have a hover mower. I'm going to see if I can use it to mow my ceiling.
They're still battling for The Planet of the Apes.
It looks like someone's going to have to tell that chimp that at least one human's already reached the guns and he seems to have nabbed virtually all of them already. Those sneaky humans.
It's an epoch-making moment in human history, as Super-Spider-Man with the Super-Heroes merges with The Titans to give us what promises to be the greatest comic in the Universe.
I believe this is the issue in which Peter Parker sets out to discover if he's a clone or not.
Fortunately for us all, he soon realises he's not, and that's the end of the matter and it's never mentioned again.
The Hulk's still sorting out the Toad-Men.
I have no memory of Diamondback at all, though the name rings a bell.
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