Custom MEGO Box of the Day #2: MARY JANE WATSON and GWEN STACY

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Welcome to TOYHEM! For the holiday season, we’re bringing you a series of features and columns celebrating the toys of our youth, which often made for the best memories this time of year. You’ll be hearing from comics creators, regular 13th Dimension contributors and more. Click here to check out the complete index of stories — and have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays! — Dan

As part of TOYHEM!, we’re bringing you a series-within-a-series — the Custom Mego Box of the Day, by 13th Dimension contributor and customizer extraordinaire Anthony Durso. (This follows a similar feature we did a year ago: 13 Great MEGO Boxes That Never Were. Click here.)

Custom Mego Box of the Day #1 was inspired by Action Comics #500. Click here.

And, now we bring you Custom Mego Box of the Day #2. Actually, it’s two of them, but we’re counting them together:


Says Anthony: I did these for some custom figures I acquired years ago. MJ is basically her first appearance look and Gwen’s wardrobe is similar to her last appearance. They’re marketed as “fashion dolls” and I tried to downplay the Spider-Man connection.

Says Dan: I love these. Absolutely love them. They’re just the kind of figures Mego should have made to broaden Spidey’s universe back in the ’70s. I’m particularly struck by Anthony’s use of color — the yellow that plays off the background from Mary Jane’s big moment and the shade of green from Gwen’s coat in The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122. Plus, the very groovy, of-their-time flowers! Far out!

Anthony Durso is the owner of Retropolis Tees (click here) and The Toyroom toy package customizing company (click here), so make sure you check out his nifty wares.



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13 Great MEGO Boxes That Never Were. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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