Along with the super-hero Annuals, there were the OTHER Marvel Annuals, the ones most boys didn't buy, although perhaps a few looked at their sisters comics. Millie the Model was a perennial, one of the better sellers from its track record, running 12 issues (from 1962-1975, skipping a few years when Marvel produced no specials). There was also a Mad about Millie and Chili Special, both featuring reprinted material in 1971.
Just as Marvel had special events in their superhero Annuals, the same occurred in the girl line. Here "the most gorgeous girl in all the world!" travels around the world in a full-length extravaganza. Millie, is of course a QUEEN size Annual, with More Glamour than thrills! Stan Goldberg art, possibly inks and colors, Sam Rosen letters, from Millie the Model Annul # 5, 1965. The interior story is by Stan Lee and Al Hartley, with art by Stan G (and likely some uncredited inking by Sol Brodsky)
Millie's Annual also included features that appeared in the monthly title, such as clothing designs and hair styles sent in by fans, pages YOU can color, and a special featured that Stan Lee copied from his other Annuals, the villain pin-ups. Here he uses those pages to reference past guest stars in Millie's comics, sans commentary but with a pointer showing the original cover.
Patsy and Hedy was granted one Annual in the Summer of 1963, consisting of reprinted material.
Patsy and Hedy Annual # 1 and only, art by Al Hartley, lettering by Sam Rosen, coloring likely by Stan Goldberg.
The most unusual Annual, however, appeared in the summer of 1965
What's so unusual about this annual? There are no stories featuring Patsy, Hedy or any of her cast of characters. The entire issue consists solely of dress designs, hair styles, riddles and activity pages, all no more than one page.
Sue Storm never looked like THIS! Because these comics were intended for girls, it was ok to show them in lingerie. If only us boys knew, sales would have escalated!
Here Stan gives a nod to "Adorable Al Hartley" whose art appears throughout the issue. Aside from the splash page, the rest of the issue appears to be material reprinted from early issues of Patsy Walker and/or Patsy and Hedy, with some new copy added.
An attractive, humorous page by Stan Lee and Al Hartley, one of the few to feature dialogue or scenery.
I'll close out this post with an ad for the girl line that appeared in the Annual. It's always interesting to discover unusual titles, and it got me to wondering what a Marvel Tales Annual would have looked like in the same format in 1965, consisting only of special features, pin-ups and diagrams of their various heroes, villains and supporting characters, with art by Kirby, Ditko, Wood, Colan, Heck, Ayers, Roth and Powell. I suspect it would have been, as they used to say, a collectors item.
All images seen here are from the collection of, and scanned with the permission of, that darling of Timely-Atlas, Michael J. Vassallo!