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Major Matt Mason Whitman Paper Products

Once again, I'm listing MMM items by product # when known. Western Publishing had the license for MMM's paper related materials. The following were produced by Western Publishing Co. under the Whitman auspices.
MMM coloring book 1142 Major Matt Mason Coloring Book
The coloring book featured MMM and Sgt. Storm's encounter with aliens on the Moon. Captain Lazer saves the pair when they are captured. The cover had MMM, Sgt Storm and Captain Lazer all prominently displayed in action poses. The artwork though primitive and typical of Whitman, has a cartoon/comic feel.
Click for 100% Enlargement 1928 Major Matt Mason Pressout Book
This very cool item is one of the rarest to find in any condition, much less unpunched. Besides a very cool photo cover of Matt on a Reconojet, the interior featured accurate paintings of some of the vehicles in the MMM line, as well as figures wearing various suits or on platforms. The centerfold is a moonscape with the space station, mountains and the earth in the background. Flying vehicles could be "tabbed-in" to the slots cut on the background to simulate flight. The various other figures/vehicles/accessories have paper "T"-stands or fold-backs to help them stand.
Big Little Book 2022 Major Matt Mason Big Little Book "Moon Mission"
Probably the most common MMM paper product, the "Moon Mission" big little book was a children's book, written in simplified style with color pictures. The story involves a test subject (Captain Otto Harvey) undergoing isolation experiments who hears strange rumblings. Worrying of his sanity, MMM and his crew go to the remote station to find the astronaut lost in strange subterranean tunnels. It was giant worms burrowing their tunnels that the test subject was hearing. The story has some neat elements such as gigantic, genetically engineered moon bunnies. We are also introduced to astronaut Jo Ann Harvey (sister to the Captain Harvey who is lost in the tunnels).
Frame tray puzzle 4559 Major Matt Mason Frame-Tray Puzzle
Major Matt Mason riding a Space Sled above a purple, orange and black moonscape. The background sky has a brilliant nebula illuminating it. 26 pieces...for the younger crowd.
round puzzle 4426 Major Matt Mason Boxed Round Jigsaw Puzzle
The 125 piece round jigsaw puzzle was part of Whitman's "Junior Guild" puzzle line, marketed for the less juvenile kids. This puzzle features three astronauts (MMM, Sgt Storm and another "Matt") defending the Moon with a Firebolt Space Cannon and Roto-jet guns from attacking "green-suited" marauders. The attackers have conical helms with "martian" style antennae and are flying above via jet-paks. With 125 pieces one would think that this 20 inch puzzle would be difficult. I found that the round edges, however, make it easier to assemble (It took me 10 minutes the first time I tried it). Other "Junior Guild" puzzles included "Land of the Giants," "Scooby Doo,"Johnny Lightening" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth."

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