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!