February 1977 was an epoch-making month for comics fans, as IPC's legendary 2000 AD made its first appearance on the newsstands of Britain.
This was awesome news indeed.
But what of the Marvel comics that were being removed from the shelves even as that happened? Could they possibly hope to match it for sheer thrill-power?
Here's where we find out.
You do wonder how many attempts it can take before Mr Hyde and the Cobra actually manage to kill Daredevil. Given that they once gave Thor problems, he shouldn't be able to stand a chance against them.
And yet, somehow, he humiliates them every time.
I had this issue, in my youth.
I'm not sure what it says about me but my main memory of it is of The Thing eating a steak.
I also think that Reed Richards may cook and eat a bat creature type thing in it, whilst stuck in the Negative Zone.
But, the Negative Zone? Surely that can only mean the imminent arrival of a certain grasshopper.
I have no idea at all as to what happens in this issue but that looks like a Marie Severin cover to me - and quite a dramatic one at that.
I've always liked Ultimo, even though I can't remember ever seeing him fight anyone except Iron Man.
Then again, did he once fight the Avengers in one of their annuals? Or am I just imagining that?
This tale was my first exposure to Stegron.
To be honest, I wasn't a fan. To me, he just seemed like a rip-off of the Lizard.
Plus, I thought the idea of him bringing dinosaur skeletons to life was far too silly for the pages of Spider-Man.
I don't remember the Lightmaster but I do know that's a very Steve Ditkoesque cover by Al Milgrom.
The X-Men are still having trouble with the Juggernaut.
Still, not to worry, at least they've got leprechauns on their side.
Hooray! It's the return of Sporr!
Was this the same Sporr who showed up in the pages of Where Monsters Dwell when I was lad? Or was it another Sporr, who just happened to bear a remarkable resemblance to him/her/it?
I seem to recall The Swine being a very unpleasant individual in serious need of a punch in the face.
I have no doubt he got it.
I genuinely have no idea what happens in this one.
Is that cover a product of Gil Kane and Ernie Chan? I don't think I've ever seen that combination of artists before. I like it. Chan adds a certain texture to Kane's normally pristine pencils.
I'm fairly certain I've never read this issue.
I do note the Vision seems to be missing his cape. I have no doubts this will turn out to be a major plot point.
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