Monday, May 27, 2019

The Avengers #6: The Newton edition

This is the cover to Newton Comics' The Avengers #6:

It originally appeared on the cover of Marvel Comics' The Avengers 3:

The cover for this issue was later used as a poster in The Avengers #10 and The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1:

This issue contains one story: The Avengers Meet.. Submariner!, originally published in The Avengers #3.

This is the story which was skipped in Newton Comics' The Avengers #3.

The main instance of editorial modification in this issue occurs on the splash page:

The page is cropped at the bottom to accommodate the indicia. The banner at the bottom of the original page is omitted: 

This scan is from my copy of Marvel Masterworks Volume 4: The Avengers Nos. 1-10, Third Printing.

This issue was published 20 September 1975. It is the first issue in the series to appear with a reduced page count from 44pp to 36pp and a cover price increase from $0.30 to $0.35. This change was effective 13 September 1975 in conjunction with the introduction of the Swap Cards.

The poster in this issue was The Amazing Spider-Man and the Human Torch, and the Swap Card was Spiderman (sic) Series A (1 of 15) No. 5:

The poster is adapted from the splash page to Have Yourself a Sandman Little Christmas! as published in Newton's The Amazing Spider-Man #2, and was previously included as the poster in Newton's The incredible Hulk #1. The Swap Card features the cover to Newton's The Amazing Spider-Man #5.

This issue carries in-house advertisements for The Amazing Spider-Man #8:

and The Incredible Hulk #6:

 and Conan the Barbarian #3:

The Swap Cards Cometh Bulletin is also in this issue.

The contest expiry date is 3 November 1975.

This issue was advertised in-house:

Update 7/7/2019: Robert Thomas has sent me some photos of his rather bizarre copy of this issue - essentially a double-sized issue with two copies of the one comic under the one cover, including two posters and one Swap Card. A genuine rare Production Error Variant!

1 comment:

Robert Thomas said...

This I think is possibly the most printed issue of Newton Comics ever. This comic seems to be like a Best of ABBA album being in every home in Australia in the 70s - in that there seemed to be an Avengers #6 in EVERY book exchange shelf in the 70s and 80s!

Which leads me to a most unusual printers variation error that I have in my collection. My copy is a 66 page double issue staple error with two Amazing Spider-Man posters (but still only one swap card in the actual comic centre) and the inside story contents printed twice! I think this issue was so rapid fire published on mass that a few staple print error misfires got through. I will send you some pics and feel free to update it to your blog.

I purchased this from The Cornstalk Bookshop in Glebe in 2004 and the vendor did not mention or was unaware of the unique printing error. I was pleasantly astonished to get this unusual printing error variation bonus!