Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Incredible Hulk #8: The Newton edition

This is the cover to Newton Comics' The Incredible Hulk #8:

It originally appeared on Marvel Comics' The Incredible Hulk #102:

The Newton image has some altered linework - note the prominent extension and retouching of Hulk's right fist - and has also been angled a few degrees, as per below:

The story contents are as follows:

This Monster Unleashed!, originally published in The Incredible Hulk #105, July 1968
Enter The Hulk [Part 3], originally published in Tales to Astonish #59, September 1964

This Monster Unleashed! is reprinted complete and intact, apart from very minor cropping at the bottom of the splash page. Note the cover to The Incredible Hulk #105 was previously used on Newton's The Incredible Hulk #2.

The third and final instalment of Enter the Hulk - without the colon in the title - is reprinted with an amended title page:

The inclusion of the title necessitated cropping of the art. In the previous issue the top tier was shortened. In this issue the bottom tier is sacrificed. Compare with a scan of a reprint of the original page:
My copy is missing the poster and the card, however I copied a photo of this issue from an eBay listing which included both:

The Dracula poster is from the cover of Dracula #2 and the card features the cover of The Fantastic Four #3.

This issue contains the following in-house advertisements for other Newton comics:

This issue includes the ad for Origins of Marvel Comics:

The rear cover has a t-shirt offer. Presumably the outer pages of the poster contain letters pages but they may also have other in-house advertisements. TBA.

The contest expires 24 November 1975, two weeks after the contest expiry date in The Incredible Hulk #7. This suggests a publication date of 11 October 1975. This is affirmed by crosschecking publication dates and contest expiry dates in other Newton Comics issues.

This issue was advertised in-house:

This advertisement appeared in The Avengers #8.

Thanks to Mark Cannon and Mark Muller for chipping in with their insights and providing the photo above of the two side-by-side issues.

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