The first and apparently only issue of the Mighty Marvel Messenger was published in the opening months of 1967–it’s announced on the Bullpen Bulletins page of Marvel titles cover-dated June 1967–and sent for free to all current members of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. It was a little four-page newsletter fanzine that gave some promotional details about upcoming stories as well as some behind-the-scenes insights into the creators working at Marvel.
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wow. it’s really good to see JK as the inaugural and last creator for the staff at marvel. thanks for sharing
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Whew! If Stan didn’t write this pro-fanzine, someone imitated him precisely. Despite his personal belief that he did the creating and plotting of everything, there were two things he did better than anyone else since Walt Disney: Get the best work out of others and make a reader as hyper-excited as he seemed to be. I was always out of breath after reading any of his lettercols or “coming attractions.”
He also managed to do one thing that Disney didn’t even attempt: He sold comics in an atmosphere of indifference and hostility towards comics and Marty Goodman in particular – and even though he had the world’s greatest creators of Ditko and Kirby, he reignited the superhero explosion.
Except for their mail-order department. I never had any luck with Supermen of America, the MMMS, nor any comics mail-order anything until FOOM. I won’t blame Stan for that — maybe I can blame Mort Weisenger.