Hooray! It's the first day of a brand new year!
That can only mean one thing!
That it's the time for making fresh starts and resolving to do things we've never done before, in bright new ways we've never previously considered!
And that can only mean one thing!
That I carry on doing exactly what I was doing before.
In January 1967, however, two things did happen that were brand new. Dr. James Bedford became the first person to be cryonically preserved with the intent of future resuscitation, and Milton Keynes was founded.
Clearly, those were heady days. But what of our favourite Marvel heroes in the comics that bear that historic cover date? Could any of them live up to the excitement of the foundation of Milton Keynes?
Didn't this story involve the Avengers having to find a surgeon to operate on the Wasp or the Scarlet Witch or something? How this led to them fighting aliens, I cannot remember or even guess at.
I seem to recall this involving some sort of plot to frame Zabu for some crime or other.
I've no doubt that where there's a plot to frame Zabu, that dastardly Plunderer can't be far away.
And possibly a submarine.
It's one of my all-time favourites, as Dr Doom continues to abuse the Silver Surfer's powers.
I'm fairly sure this is only the Lizard's second ever appearance.
Bearing in mind his status as one of Spidey's arch-foes, it seems amazing that, after his debut, he disappeared without trace for around four years. I mean, even the Chameleon managed more appearances than that.
I don't have a clue what happens in this one but, in line with the festive season, Dr Strange seems to be being attacked by Christmas trees.
I suspect that might be Umar who's waggling her fingers around but I couldn't swear to it.
Has it ever been explained why Umar doesn't have a fiery head like her brother does?
Can it be? Can Tony Stark really be helpless in the clutches of the Mandarin?
Well, no, it can't be true. It's all a trick to lure us into buying the comic but it was quite a dramatic tale anyway, with what I recall to be a stylish car teleportation scene.
I saw Iron Man 2 on the TV again last night. It was alright.
I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier the night before. I felt that was the better of the two movies.
I have a feeling that thing on the cover might be one of the Leader's leftover humanoids that's causing trouble for our hero.
Thanks to Odin, Jane Foster fails her goddess test by being scared of a creature that it's made clear all Asgardians are terrified of. Yes, Odin's being a pain in the backside again.
Still, if I remember right, at least we get to meet Sif in this story.
Other than that the Banshee appears in this tale, I don't have a clue what happens in it. It's always intriguing to see a red cover though.
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