This short-lived 1970s title reprinted the Sub-Mariner stories, since Marvel Super-Heroes had crowded him out when they got finished with Tales to Astonish (the original series) Subby and Hulk stories, and went to the Hulk's own title. You can see Reed and Ben in the background.
I've always liked Blastaar... and felt he could've been used more often, but then, him being a denizen of the Negative Zone, that's tricky, isn't it? This was one of the issues Hanna-Barbera adapted into an episode of the 1960s FF cartoon!
Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars was a branding in the 1980s that was tied in with the 12-issue maxi-series of the same name. There were all kinds of Secret Wars items produced, mainly by Mattel with their action figure line. Sadly, the FF were only represented by Dr. Doom for the most part in all the merchandising -- I'm not sure why, except that perhaps it's because only Reed, the Torch, and the Thing went to Battleworld, the location the comic took place on....?
These tops are a pretty strange marketing idea, if you ask me... but then, I suppose that there weren't many comics characters outside of Whirlwind (the erstwhile Human Top) and The Red Tornado (at DC) that would've fit the toy concept!
Before the comics trade paperback industry really started, the only way you could buy books reprinting comics were these books, published by Pocket Books and other companies! Even when trade paperbacks started coming out, these still kept going until about the early 1980s or so.
Here's another Kenner toy... although it's only tangentally related to the FF (aside from the Surfer and Sub-Mariner, there's nothing here relating to them at all!). Sparkle Paint sets had a set of posters that were already colored in, but you could take the sparkle paints provided and add a whole new dimension of shininess to them!
From the time when Marvel was spending the money to get new covers drawn for the reprint books -- probably to help hide the fact that they were reprints! I loved this title when I was a kid... heck, I loved all the reprint books, Marvel and DC alike!
Kenner's Give-A-Show Projector is one of my favorite toys, and the only toy line I'm collecting. This slide is from the 1966 set that also featured Thor, Spider-Man, and Aquaman... Over on one of my other blogs,The Give-A-Show Blog, I feature stuff from these every single day (or at least, while I was writing this entry back in September - yes, I work really far ahead on these things - I was still doing daily postings... at the time you read this, I may have posted everything I have already!). There's checklists of each set, photos of these sets (as well as knockoffs and related toys), but the main crux of the blog is showing you the slides themselves -- and I've even taken the scans of the slides and created YouTube videos of them, adding music and sometimes sound effects! These are posted in chronological order. So if you want to know more about this stuff, you know where to click! And I'm sure that following this text, I've probably embedded the YouTube video that I haven't made yet as I'm writing this!
Edit Heh, I'd written up this post so far in advance, I forgot I'd referred to the Video by the time I made the video... so here it is!
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