Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Newton Four-In-One #1: Compiling the leftovers

Newton Four In One #1 is cover-dated August 1976 and was published by Newton in the period after the cancellation of the first phase of their publishing program, when Newton converted its range of ongoing and one-off comics to 84-page and 100-page issues. This issue collates stories originally intended for the next issue of the respective series before the cancellations.

The cover to this issue is modified from the splash page to Spidey Strikes Back! originally published in The Amazing Spider-Man #19. Of course the cover to that issue is a classic image, but I must say I really like the Newton cover too. 

The main contents are as follows:

Spidey Strikes Back! originally published in The Amazing Spider-Man #19
Frenzy in a Far-Flung-Future! originally published in Iron Man #5
From the Void of Space Comes...The Super Skrull! originally published in Captain Marvel #2
Where Fall the Shifting Sands? originally published in The Incredible Hulk #113
When Magneto Strikes! originally published in Journey Into Mystery #109.

The Spider-Man story was likely scheduled for Newton's The Amazing Spider-Man #18, but the series was cancelled with #17, which reprinted stories from The Amazing Spider-Man #17 and #18.

Only 7 pages of the Captain Marvel story are included in this issue. An editorial note advises it is "continued from Iron-Man #2". Newton's The Invincible Iron Man #2 reprinted Unconquered is the Unicorn! from The Invincible Iron Man #4. It also reprinted 6 pages of the Captain Marvel story as a backup feature, itself continuing from Newton's The Invincible Iron Man #1. Clearly the Iron Man and Captain Marvel features in this issue were originally scheduled for The Invincible Iron Man #3, which wasn't published. 

The Incredible Hulk #15 was the last issue in the Newton series. Newton advertised The Incredible Hulk #16, which featured the cover image from The Incredible Hulk #113, but the series was cancelled before it was published:

This advertisement appeared in Fantastic Four #15, cover-dated March 1976, the final issue in the series.

Tracking the Thor stories originally published in Journey Into Mystery gives me a headache. The short summary is that many were published - out of sequence - as backup features in The Amazing Spider-Man, then some appeared in The Mighty Thor Giant 100-Page Annual and the 2-issue self-titled series, then a smattering appeared across a number of one-off titles, including this Newton Four In One.

The cover advertises a Free King Size Super Hero Poster. My copy doesn't have a poster, but it isn't missing any pages. The central 4 pages comprise of 2 letters pages (printed in the incorrect sequence) and 2 pages of advertisements  for Bay City Rollers magazines and gear. There is a single page Silver Surfer pinup, which also appeared as filler in other issues around this time, for example in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4. My guess is that  a loose poster ala the Sub-Mariner poster in Newton Spectacular #1 was originally included.

This issue also includes full-page advertisements for Dracula, Newton Triple Action, Newton Spectacular and Planet of the Apes.

Some, if not all of these stories were later published in Yaffa's Marvel comics.

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