Good news, nostalgia fans! In this week of 1977, Manhattan Transfer were at Number One on the UK singles chart, with their cover of Chanson D'Amour. How quaint it seemed at the time for a band to be performing in the style of the 1940s.
And yet the 1940s were, in truth, more recent then than 1977 is now. How can we possibly hope to cope with such a dread realisation?
There's only one way.
And that's to seek refuge in looking at what hyper-modern antics the heroes of our favourite comics were getting up to at the time.
I believe this is the issue where glossy covers finally arrived for the nation's greatest hero, and colour disappeared.
It was also the first issue I'd read in months, making it doubly eventful for me.
Apparently, this issue also featured the FF vs Gabriel, Nick Fury against that hell-hound thing that you see a lot of on the Internet, and Spider-Man teaming up with Iron Man.
The last one is something of a stumper for me, as I have no recall at all of Spider-Man's team-up adventures ever having featured as a backup in this comic. Given my love for Spidey, how could I have forgotten such a key feature?
I likewise cannot recall whether the free cardboard plane was capable of flight or not.
Fury hits its second week and, like Captain Britain, gives us a free toy plane. Marvel UK clearly had a thing about toy planes back then.
As for the cover blurb, I don't like to be pedantic but isn't it a contradiction in terms (not to mention cheating) to escape from a suicide mission?
No toy planes from Mighty World of Marvel, just a punch-up between Doc Samson and the Hulk.
Is this the tale where Samson tries to capture the Hulk so he can shrink him down and inject him into Glenn Talbot's brain in order to literally remove the major's psychological block?
I somewhat suspect that's the sort of behaviour that could get a psychiatrist struck off.
Can anyone spot the flaw with this cover?
That's right, Aunt May's warning Spider-Man of a trap, when we all know the real Aunt May would never warn Spider-Man of a trap.
I can only conclude she's an impostor and it's actually the Chameleon that Doc Ock is planning to marry. I feel he's going to get the shock of his life on the wedding night.
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