Thursday, 19 May 2022

May 19th 1982 - Marvel UK, 40 years ago this week.

Thanks to Charlie Horse 47 and Killdumpster for their sponsorship of this post, via the magic of Patreon

It's madness! Complete madness!

What is?

The title of the album that hit Number One on the UK chart, this week in 1982!

It's true. Exactly forty years ago, Britain's favourite ska band that hardly ever actually played ska dethroned Tug of War - and held off the Clash's Combat Rock - to claim the top spot.

Over on the British singles chart, however, there was no wind of change to be detected, as Nicole continued to reign supreme with A Little Peace.

The Incredible Hulk #8

It looks to me like the Hulk's up against the Mandarin, which is an earlier tale than the ones the book's been reprinting lately.

I'm assuming the cover's reference to Nick Fury relates to the attack he and SHIELD launch on the Chinese super-villain's secret fortress, at the tale's climax.

Iron Man's also in this comic but I've no idea what he's up to. He's possibly still having problems with the return of Madame Masque and her dreadnoughts but don't quote me on that.

Elsewhere, we get an interview with TV Hulk Lou Ferrigno.

Super Spider-Man TV Comic #480

Our hero encounters a villain who's killing people by using the awesome power of spider manipulation.

And we get the chance to win five great dial a design prizes.

Which is thrilling but I don't have a clue what that means.

We also get what's described as a TV recap. I'm assuming that's a recap of the Spider-Man TV show. Not a recap of the entire history of television.

Hanna Barbera's Scooby-Doo and His T.V. Friends #13

Now it's time to be scared, because Scooby-Doo and his TV friends hit their 13th issue.

And, as we all know, 13's unlucky for some.

Mostly, it's unlucky for me, as I've yet again been unable to find a cover for or to unearth the contents of an issue.

As so often with Scooby and his mates, mystery reigns supreme.


Charlie Horse 47 said...

Hulk gets Charlie's nod for "best cover." Is that some Kirby? Don Heck? Both? None?

Spidey gets Charlie's nod for "worst cover."

Charlie Horse 47 said...


OK... It occurred to Charlie that Scooby has been around like 50 years at least? That's a serious "WOW!"

I mean seriously! It's been around longer than Luke Cage, The Dingbats, Spawn...

Per the Wiki:

Scooby-Doo was originally broadcast on CBS from 1969 to 1976, when it moved to ABC. ABC aired various versions of Scooby-Doo until canceling it in 1985.

A spin-off featuring the characters as children called A Pup Named Scooby-Doo from 1988 until 1991.

Two Scooby-Doo reboots aired as part of Kids' WB on The WB and its successor The CW from 2002 until 2008.

Further reboots were produced for Cartoon Network beginning in 2010 and continuing through 2018.

The current Scooby-Doo series, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, premiered on June 27, 2019, as an original series on Boomerang's streaming service and later HBO Max.

In 2013, TV Guide ranked Scooby-Doo the fifth-greatest TV cartoon of all time.[2]

Charlie Horse 47 said...

One of Charlie's fav cartoon moments of all time was when SCOOBY eats some hot peppers... of course he changes colors, etc.

But then he picks up his dog food bowl and starts repeatedly slamming his face with it.

My lord... Charlie would love to see this little bit again! Absolutely rocked Charlie's world in a funny way!

Even funnier than the 3 Stooges!

Anonymous said...

I don't know whats going on with that Hulk cover. Is that a still of Lou Ferrigno, with added hand colouring?
Anyway, its pretty bland, so you can see why they added a comic book panel. But surely they could have found a better one?

Similarly, with that Spidey TV Comic - fair enough altering that cover featured in the 40 Year Ago post a week and a half ago. But could they not have found a Spidey image that created a reasonable illusion of distance from the foreground body?

Come back Steve Dillon, all is forgiven.


Anonymous said...

So, farewell then Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou - it seems the artist also known as Vangelis is no more.

Can it really be fifty years since the release of that most epic of post-68 concept albums - at least by anyone who isn't French - the classic double lp '666' by his band with Demis Roussos, Aphrodite's Child?
Why yes, nearly. It came out in June '72.
(Just giving you the heads up there Steve, in time for the 50 Years Ago post next month. You're welcome)


Colin Jones said...

It was only last week that I said Chariots Of Fire was quintessentially British and now Vangelis is dead. As well as Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner he also wrote the amazing theme-tune for Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV series.

Charlie, I absolutely loved Scooby Doo when I was around 5 or 6 and it was quite scary too, even though the ghost/monster always turned out to be somebody trying to scare people away from a secret gold mine or something. Yikes Scoob!

Scooby dooby doo
Where are you
We've got some work for you now...

McSCOTTY said...

I remember that in the early 1970s BBC Scotkand were going to pull Scooby Doo from the TV schedules and 100s of kids in Glasgow protested about it. It got so much coverage that the BBC reversed their decision. Kid power!

Anonymous said...

The BBC would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids Paul.


McSCOTTY said...

Classic Sean lol

Steve W. said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Charlie, I do believe the lower Hulk panel was by the Severins and Herb Trimpe.