Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Avengers #12: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Avengers #12 was published 13 December 1975:


The cover originally appeared on Marvel Comics' The Avengers #16:


The story contents are as follows:

The Old Order Changeth!, originally published in The Avengers #16, May 1965 

[When Titans Clash!], originally published in Tales of Suspense #65, May 1965

The splash page to The Old Order Changeth! has been modified:


The top of the page gas been cropped, omitting The Mighty Avengers! banner, and there is cropping beneath the text boxes on the bottom of the page. Compare this to the original page as reprinted in my copy of Marvel Masterworks Vol. 9 The Avengers Nos. 11-20, 1989 [First Printing]:


[When Titans Clash] is another Newton hatchet job. This is the splash page from Tales of Suspense #65, as reprinted in Essential Iron Man Vol. 1, Third edition Second printing, 2010:


This is the splash page as it appears in the Newton Comics edition:


Hmph. Doesn't even look like the same story, right? Except that the Newton splash page hails from the very same story - it is modified from a panel on the sixth page: 


The title of the story wasn't integrated into the newly contrived splash page.

Newton Comics' The Avengers #11 reprinted Marvel Comics' The Avengers #12. By reprinting The Avengers #16 in this issue a few US issues were skipped. The 'missing' issues had migrated to the backup feature slot in The X-Men and The Avengers.

The poster in this issue is Doctor Strange:


This image originally appeared on the cover of Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange #9, and had recently been on the cover of Newton Comics' Doctor Strange #7:


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



This issue was advertised in the Sunday Observer 30 November 1975 alongside other comics:


The contest expiry date is 26 January 1976. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Avengers #11: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Avengers #11 was published 29 November 1975:


This cover originally appeared on Marvel Comics' The Avengers #12:


The story contents are as follows:

This Hostage Earth!, originally published in The Avengers #12, January 1965 

[Somewhere Lurks The Phantom!] Somewhere Lurks:-Phantom!, originally published in Tales of Suspense #63, March 1965 

The splash page to This Hostage Earth! has been cropped at the top:


This is a scan of the same page from my copy of Marvel Masterworks Vol. 9 The Avengers Nos.11-20, 1989 [First Printing]:


The Mighty Avengers title banner at the top of the page is omitted in the Newton edition in order to accommodate the indicia. The story is otherwise reprinted without any undue editorial modification.

The first page to [Somewhere Lurks The Phantom] is the second instalment of this story - it continues from Newton's The Avengers #10 - and has not only been retitled, but the bottom tier has been cropped:


Compare the page to the original as per the reprint in my copy of Essential Iron Man Vol. 1, Third edition Second printing 2010:


This issue contains a Conan the Barbarian poster:


This originally appeared on the cover of Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian #11, and was published by Newton Comics a couple of months earlier as the cover of Conan the Barbarian #2:


This issue contains two in-house advertisements for other comics: The Fantastic Four Annual #1;


and The Silver Surfer #3:


As you can see this advertisement was printed backwards.

This issue also included the following advertisement for a Tarzan book:


Newton Comics did not publish Tarzan comics. K.G. Murray would pick up the licence for Tarzan comics in Australia few years later.

The contest expiry date in this issue is 12 January 1976.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Avengers #10: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Avengers #10 was published 15 November 1975:


The cover was originally published on Marvel Comics' The Avengers #11:


The story contents are as follows:

[The Mighty Avengers Meet] Spider-Man!, originally published in The Avengers #11, December 1964 

Somewhere Lurks The Phantom!, originally published in Tales of Suspense #63, March 1965 

The title to the first story was shortened due to the cropping at the top of the splash page. This was done to accommodate the indicia at the bottom of the page. Here's a scan of the splash page in the Newton edition:


This is a scan of the original page as it appears in my copy of Marvel Masterworks Vol. 9 The Avengers Nos. 11-20, 1989 [First Printing]: 


Only the first six pages of Somewhere Lurks the Phantom! are reprinted in this issue. It continues next issue. It is otherwise unmodified.

Newton Comics' The Avengers #10 skipped Marvel Comics' The Avengers #10 so they were once again out of sync.

The poster in the is issue is The Avengers:


This previously appeared on the cover of The Avengers #6.

This issue contains in-house advertisements for The X-Men and The Avengers #2:


and Giant Team-Up Annual #1:


The subscription page has The Silver Surfer and The X-Men added to the roster.

The contest expires 29 December 1975.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Avengers #9: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Avengers #9 was published 1 November 1975:


This cover first appeared on Marvel Comics' The Avengers #9:


The story contents are as follows:

The Coming of the... Wonder Man!, originally published in The Avengers #9, October 1964

Iron Man Faces Hawkeye The Marksman [In Mortal Combat with Captain America!], originally published in Tales of Suspense #57, September 1964

The Coming of the...Wonder Man! does not suffer any substantial modification. 

As for Iron Man Faces Hawkeye The Marksman... 

You will recall the bizarre situation in the previous two issues - The Avengers # 7 and #8 - in which pages from the two Iron Man stories originally appearing in Tales of Suspense #57 and #58 were combined in Frankensteinian fashion.

Well, the sorry saga continues in this issue.

This is the splash page to the third instalment of Iron Man Faces Hawkeye The Marksman:


The bottom tier is cropped to accommodate the inserted title at the top of the page. Compare it to a scan of the original comics as reprinted in my copy of Essential Iron Man Vol. 1, Third edition Second printing 2010:


The cropping aside, at least the title once again matches the material.

However, for some reason, the rest of the pages do not conform to this course correction. Once again, the pages in the rest of the story come from In Mortal Combat with Captain America! from Tales of Suspense #58, rather than Tales of Suspense #57.

The final panel is also modified by the editor:


This is the original panel as it appears in Essential Iron Man Vol. 1:


The poster in this issue was Captain Marvel and The Sub-Mariner:


This was originally published as the cover on Marvel Comics' Captain Marvel #4, and was later on the cover of Newton Comics' one-off Captain Marvel issue:


The Avengers #9 includes an in-house advertisement for The Silver Surfer #2:


As per the previous two issues this issue advertises the Mail Order Only Origins Of Marvel Comics.

There were no more Swap Cards in this series

The contest expiry date is 15 December 1975. 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Avengers #8: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Avengers #8 is cover-dated 18 October 1975:


The cover was originally published on the cover of Marvel Comics' The Avengers #8:


The story contents are as follows:

Kang, the Conqueror!, originally published in The Avengers #8, September 1964

Iron Man Face Hawkeye The Marksman [In Mortal Combat with Captain America!], originally published in Tales of Suspense #58, October 1964

The first story appears to be unmodified. The second story, however...

Hawkeye, The Marksman! appeared in the previous issue, The Avengers #7. Or rather, only the first two pages were published. The rest of the 6-page instalment erroneously consisted of pages 3-6 of In Mortal Combat with Captain America!. As the feature was to continue in this issue there was an opportunity to correct the error. However, it would appear the Newton editor was not aware of the error in the previous issue as he produced the following page to introduce this issue's instalment:


The title is from Tales of Suspense #57, but the reprint is from Tales of Suspense #58, as are the following 5 pages.

This issue includes a Hulk poster:


This image had previously adorned the cover of Hulk King Size Annual #1:


My copy does not include the Swap Card. TBA.

This issue includes an in-house advertisement for The Incredible Hulk #8 which also references the Hulk Annual:


This issue included the advertisement for the Origins Of Marvel Comics as per The Avengers #7.

The Avengers #8 was promoted with a full-page advertisement in other Newton comics:


The cover in the ad does not include the publication date. This was the only issue in the series to include a full date of release - the rest only had the month and year. 

The contest expiry date is 1 December 1975.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Avengers #7: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Avengers #7 was published 4 October 1975:


The cover was originally published on the cover of Marvel Comics' The Avengers #7:


The story contents are as follows:

Their Darkest Hour!, originally published in The Avengers #7, August 1964 

Hawkeye, The Marksman! [Part 1], originally published in Tales of Suspense #57, September 1964

Their Darkest Hour! appears unmodified, apart from the erasure of original page numbers. The editor could have intervened to correct a couple of references to previous issue numbers in this series but didn't.

Hawkeye, The Marksman is an 18-page story. Six pages are included in this instalment. Unfortunately the editor botched it...

The splash page and following page are as per Tales of Suspense #57. However, the rest of the pages are not from this story at all - they are from In Mortal Combat with Captain America!, originally published in Tales of Suspense #58!

Here's a photo of pp 2-3 as printed by Newton:


The page on the left is the second page from Hawkeye, The Marksman!, and the page on the right is the third page from In Mortal Combat with Captain America!

The saga continues in The Avengers #8...

This issue includes a poster and Swap Card:


The poster is recoloured and slightly modified from the cover of Marvel Comics' The X-Men #2:


It was shortly to be adapted for Newton's The X-Men with The Avengers #2:


This poster is also included in Newton's The X-Men with The Avengers #1.

The Swap Card is Fantastic Four Series A (1 of 15) No. 3 with the cover to Newton's The Fantastic Four #3.

This issue does not contain any in-house advertisements for other Newton Comics issues. 

It does include an ad for the Mail Order Only Origins Of Marvel Comics:


The contest expires 17 November 1975.