The internet informs me that nothing at all interesting happened in January of 1977.
Well, admittedly, it tells me that Commodore launched the world's first all-in-one home computer and that Apple Computers was incorporated and that Indira Gandhi called for an election and that the Sex Pistols were dropped by their record label but I don't care about any of that. Not that I'm shallow but all I care about is what was happening in comics at the time.
This is what would have been happening in comics at the time, had they actually been published in the month that was written on the front of them.
The Defenders are still knocking around, so I assume we're still going through the aftermath of the death of Jarella.
While that may be a tragic circumstance, my first thought upon looking at this cover, is that I never liked the costume Valkyrie was wearing in this era. It always looked a bit cold to me and I could never understand what was holding it on. Also, metal is surely not the most flexible of things to make your clothing from.
I have no memory of this story whatsoever, even though I'm sure I must have read it and, with The Sub-Mariner vs Wonder Man, Dr Doom up to no good and the Whizzer blundering around, it looks like the sort of tale that would embed itself in the mind.
It would appear that Bêlit is still alive. Call me negative but I'd sort of taken it for granted that she'd popped her clogs by now.
As so often with Captain America in this era, I've no idea at all as to what's going on in this issue.
As so often, it all looks a bit too sci-fi for Captain America and the Falcon to be dealing with.
Didn't Bullseye once try to fire Daredevil from a circus cannon? Now he's trying to fire him from a giant crossbow. I am spotting a pattern to his behaviour.
It's that rare thing, a Fantastic Four issue that I didn't have, from this era .
But hooray! The Brute is on the rampage and causing nothing but trouble for our heroes!
Iron Man's still fighting a one-legged pirate.
Even though I've never read it, I can't help suspecting this isn't one of the classic Iron Man tales of the 1970s.
That no-good rat the Kingpin is out to steal Spider-Man's life force, so that he can give it to his son, who probably won't even be grateful for it, judging by his previous behaviour.
There's one thing you can say in favour of the launch of Spectacular Spider-Man, it gave Marvel UK twice as much material to reprint as its weekly mags rapidly caught up with their US counterparts. For the Marvel UK editor at the time, it must have been a Godsend.
Having said that, it can't be an auspicious sign that this cover rings no bells with me. In fact, I'm all but certain it's the first Spider-Man cover I've reproduced, since I started this feature all those moons ago, that stirs no recollections for me whatsoever.
This is more like it! As I've said before, Thor's origin tale is my favourite Marvel Silver Age debut. Therefore, I'm delighted to see the return of the Stone Men from Saturn.
I hope one of them uproots a tree at some point and boasts about how strong he is. They won't feel like the Stone Men from Saturn if they don't.
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