Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Avengers #15: The Newton edition

This is the cover to Newton Comics' The Avengers #15:

This is the cover to Marvel Comics' The Avengers #19:

The Newton Comics cover is based on the Marvel Comics cover but is in fact a variant, which I have discussed before in reference to Page Publications' The Avengers #7.

The story contents are as follows:

The Coming of...The Swordsman!, originally published in The Avengers #19 

If I Fail, A World Is Lost! [Part 2], originally published in Tales of Suspense #66 

The Coming of...The Swordsman! is reprinted intact, apart from cropping at the bottom of the splash page:

Compare to the printing in my copy of Essential Avengers Vol. 1 [Third Edition, Second Printing, 2011]:

If I Fail, A World is Lost! [Part 2] has a modified splash page:

The title header is from the splash page to the original story:

The title header is crudely overlaid onto page 6 of the original story:

As you can see, the Newton edition sacrifices two speech balloons in the top tier to accommodate the title.

The two scans above are from my copy of Essential Iron Man Vol. 1 [Third edition Second printing, 2010].

This issue includes the following in-house advertisements:

The Invincible Iron Man #2

Despite the cover advisory there is no Super Color Poster in this issue. 

The expiry date for the contest in this issue is 31 January 1976. This is manifestly incorrect.

This issue is cover-dated March 1976 and is the final issue in the series. 

Some of the 'missing' The Avengers stories not reprinted in this series appeared in Newton's The X-Men with The Avengers. The story from Marvel Comics' The Avengers #21 was published a few months after this issue in Newton Triple Action #1.

This issue was advertised in other Newton comics:

This scan is from Newton Team-Up #3.

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