A stop-off now at Neal Adams' groundbreaking X-Men run with Roy Thomas, a too short series that hit my gang like a bolt from the blue.
I don't why, but this particular run was really difficult to get hold of in our town, making it even more legendary and precious when one of us actually managed to get an issue.
I don't which one of my pals secured In The Shadow Of Sauron, but I know it wasn't me, and I remember poring over a borrowed copy like it was The Holy Grail, astonished by the art, the colours, and this incredible new villain.
As we know, to parents and non-fans, a comic is a comic is a comic, but for a few months back then, there were comics, and there was Neal Adams' X-Men.
This was 3-D comics, like nothing we'd ever seen before, and something I could only dream of owning. It was like the newsagents in our town knew which comics would be legendary, and deliberately bought low stocks of them for some nefarious reason. Couldn't get X-Men, couldn't get Nick Cardy's Teen Titans, and as for the death of Gwen Stacy, forget it.
I've mentioned before how the double-sized X-Men #137, where Jean Grey died, was never distributed to our town, which drove us all insane. Well, Thomas & Adams' X-Men was like that, but much, much worse.
Or was it that someone else, even then, was going round buying up multiple copies?
Anyway, this is still a great comic, and to this day, whenever Sauron pops up in a mutant book, little me can't help gasping 'It's Sauron!' like Elvis has just entered the building.
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