Man, I must've posted this picture on all my Marvel blogs by now! Anyway... Kenner produced this variation on the paint-by-numbers stuff in the 1970s, with pictures that already had color on 'em, you just had to add the sparkle paints! It's included here because of the Surfer being included.
The 70s were an interesting time... for some reason, every publisher seemed to want to come out with some kind of magazine created for kids! The best-known one was probably Scholastic's Dynamite, which was sold through schools, but I also recall one that was supposedly created by kids for kids (one feature I recall to this day is "Horace Cope's Horoscope").
Anyway, Marvel got the idea they should get into this market, as seen in the ad above, but I don't think it lasted very long! But at least Ben and Sue appeared in it!
This Amsco toy is one of the most awesome things produced in the 1970s, IMHO... as you can see, it's a playset made on the cheap side -- it's all cardboard figure and buildings that you'd punch out and assemble, but you had everything you needed to play Marvel New York! You had the Baxter Building, Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, the Daily Bugle, vehicles, and more!
I used to have this, and I have no idea for sure what happened to it... although I'm guessing something fell on it and crushed it, and I decided to just throw it away, sadly... these things go for big bucks now!
As I think I've written before, the Marvel Superheroes Card Game was basically a variation on Old Maid, where you'd try to collect two cards with the same character, and hope you weren't stuck with this card in your hand when the game ended!
Have I written anything about the Shogun Warriors before? It was a toy line Mattel brought to the US from Japan, which Marvel Comics later licensed. As they tended to do with all toy lines they licensed into comics form, the Shoguns were plugged into the Marvel Universe... which could play havoc when doing flashbacks to stuff or characters from them that were created by Marvel, especially after the license expired!
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