Monday, June 16, 2008


ITEM! Remember what it was like back in the 1960s to be a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Marvelite with a head full of cosmic wonder all for just 12 cents a pop? Me neither. That was a long, long time ago, pilgrims. But fortunately for those of us with malfunctioning long-term memories, and even those True Believers born in later decades, MMMS member #4278 J. Ballman has come riding to our collective rescue! Check out The Full-Color Guide to Marvel Silver Age Collectibles from MMMS to Marvelmania” published by Totalmojo Productions, Inc. Before I extoll the virtues of this Marvelous must-have MMMS merchandise guide, let me say: J.B. baby... next time you need a title for one of your bibliophilic books, give your Uncle Stanley a call. I’ll help you come up with a title that comes in somewhere under the Gettysburg Address in length! How’d you get that title anyway— ask Reed Richards while he was gargling the encyclopedia? And they say I’m verbose...

This copious and comprehensive collectors’ compendium (which I shall call the MMMS guide from this point forward) is chock-a-block with complete — and I do mean complete — coverage of every single Merry Marvel merchandise offer, club, t-shirt, toy, joke, puzzle and gumball machine prize offered from 1963-1970. And what a collection of riffs and tifs of Kirby and Ditko art it is. I’d forgotten about half of these items ever existed (Mechanical Marvel Super Hero Tricycle Thor anyone?). J. Ballman does a bang-up job writing about and showing off what must represent years of research and collecting. In fact, you should buy two copies of this book — one for you and one for your best friend! Check with your local comic shop about ordering this baby, or you can always check the ebays. Tell ‘em your Uncle Stan sent yah!



Anonymous said...

I appreciate your kind words about my book. As for that pesky title, how did you KNOW you that Reed Richards was gargling the encyclopedia when I asked him for a good title??? But, I had to use it cause the ever-lovin', blue-eyed Thing was standing right there, and I didn't want to get clobbered! That AND I figured all those great key words in the title would make it a cinch to find on the internet.
Keep up the great work on your site. I'm having a blast reading it.
'Nuff said!

FigLogan said...

I would really love to own this book (The Full-Color Guide to MARVEL SILVER AGE COLLECTIBLES From M.M.M.S. to Marvelmania), but I can't find it for lower than $80.00. Where I wouldn't mind paying that much, I simply cannot afford that for a single book. Can you direct me to a place where I might still find this for cover price, or slightly higher? Any information would be helpful. Thanks.