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The Merry Marvel Marching Society was a fan club for Marvel Comics started by Marvel editor Stan Lee and the publisher of Marvel Comics Martin Goodman in 1964.

HistoryEdit

Following teaser promotion in Marvel comic books cover-dated November 1964, Marvel Comics introduced the company's in-house fan club, the Merry Marvel Marching Society, in it's comics cover-dated February 1965, released in the fall of 1964. Generally abbreviated as "M.M.M.S.", the club offered readers a $1.00 membership kit that initially included a 

  • welcome letter
  • membership card
  • one-sided, 33 1/2 rpm record, "The Voices of Marvel"
  • scratch pad
  • sticker
  • pinback button
  • certificate

As the fan club grew other merchandise was included such as

The ranks of M.M.M.S. membership, all identified by three-letter abbreviations (such as Q.N.S. for "Quite 'Nuff Sayer" to F.F.F. for "Fearless Front-Facer") were invented by young comics fan Mark Evanier.

The M.M.M.S. was absorbed into the subsequent Marvel fan club, Marvelmania International, in 1969. This second club lasted until 1971. A third official Marvel Comics fan club, FOOM (Friends of Ol' Marvel) followed from 1973 to 1976.

GalleryEdit

Theme songEdit

THE MERRY MARVEL MARCHING SOCIETY!02:14

THE MERRY MARVEL MARCHING SOCIETY!

Theme lyricsEdit

Stand a little straighter.

Walk a little prouder.

Be an innovator.

Laugh a little louder.

Grow forever greater.

We can show you how to.

Where will you be then?

You'll belong, you'll belong, you'll belong, you'll belong to the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

March along, march along, march along to the song of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

If you growl, if you groan with a down and sour outlook, if you howl, if you moan, you can lose your sour grout by keeping trim and in step with the vim and the pep of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

Be an early riser.

Strive to be ambitious.

Speak a little wiser.

Try to be judicious.

Be a good adviser, never ever vicious.

Where will you be then?

Face front. . .

Lift your head. . .

You're on the winning team. . .

NUFF SAID!

You'll belong, you'll belong, you'll belong, you'll belong, to the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

March along, march along, march along to the song of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

If you growl, if you groan and your star is nearly zero, do not howl, do not moan, you can be a superhero, marching right along to the fighting song of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.

Stand a little straighter.

Walk a little prouder.

Be an innovator.

Laugh a little louder.

Grow forever greater.

We can show you how to.

Where will you be then?

Membership letterEdit

Welcome To The Ancient And Honorable Order Of

The Merry Marvel Marching Society

Congratulations, favored one!

. . .For having the wisdom and wit to become a Merry Marvel Marcher!

Your name has been ceremoniously entered in our log book, and your dollar has been avariciously deposited in our treasury! 

From this day forth, you will stand a little straighter, speak a little wiser, and walk a little prouder. You've made the scene! You're in! You've joined the winning team!

But, with such triumph comes responsibility. You must use your valued membership privileges judiciously, You must be true to the Marvel Code of Ethics: Be not arrogant towards those who have shunned our ranks, for they tknow not what they're missing. Be not hostile towards unbelievers who march with others, for they know not what they're missing. Be not intolerant of Marvel-defamers, for they too shall someday see the light. And, above all, be not forgetful that you have become our bullpen buddy. Henceforth, you shall never march alone!

Thus, we welcome you to the fold with this sagacious admonition - FACE FRONT!

You're one of us now!

'Nuff said!

The Bullpen Gang

The Voices of MarvelEdit

The Voices of Marvel 196505:47

The Voices of Marvel 1965

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