December 1973. It was the month when the two greatest Christmas songs of all time - Slade's Merry Xmas Everybody and Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday were released. How we watched with bated breath as they battled it out for chart supremacy.
But who was gaining supremacy in the battle between our heroes and their enemies as that year drew to a close?
Only a ride in Steve's magic sleigh ride to the past can tell us.
And it's about to do it right now.
No one else likes this story.
I love it.
We get the senses-shattering return of the Vulture, intent on snuffing out Mary Jane before she can dob him in to the cops about a murder he's committed.
Or do we?
The Evil Eye saga hits its climax, as the Avengers and Defenders confront Loki and Dormammu.
To be honest it's a story I know nothing of but Cap looks strangely unbothered about the prospect of being both sautéed and broiled at the same time.
Conan's in his traditional spot of bother.
Judging by the absence of the obligatory cowering blonde from the cover, I assume it must have been her month off. Even cowering blondes have to take a break sometimes. All that crawling around on your hands and knees, and flinging your hand in front of your face, it can be a very tiring profession.
Daredevil and the Black Widow find themselves up against the menace of Terrex, who is presumably no relation to Terrax.
Is this the one where Reed Richards does whatever it is to his son that Fantastic Four fans have been complaining about ever since?
It's another classic, as the Hulk finds himself up against an island full of monsters.
I got this cover from The Grand Comics Database. Some naughty soul seems to have removed Betty Ross's clothes before posting it on there.
At last Iron Man has the sense to do what I'd do if I had a suit of armour. He goes on a murderous rampage.
Is this the one where Thor and his mates come up across a giant planet populated by giant people with a giant hoover?
I was never sure about this era of Thor. He and his sidekicks seemed to spend all their time on quests into deep space when they should have been on Earth bashing up Mr Hyde and the Cobra.
Hooray! Not only is it an Original X-Men issue I had when I was a youth but it's an X-Men issue I actually liked, as our heroes find themselves up against Factor Three.
Sadly, I seem to remember the next issue being a return to the same old half-baked pants we usually got from the Original X-Men.
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