Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4 is cover-dated August 1976:


The cover is from Marvel Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #8:


The comics contents are as follows:

A Different Lesson in Blood Unchanged!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #11, April 1975
Gladiators in the Crypt of Tomorrow, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #11, April 1975
Blood of the Golden Dragon, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #12, May 1975
The Crack of the Whip, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #12, May 1975

Included is the non-comics feature The Man with the Golden Gun Shoots Blanks, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #12, May 1975

Slotting in between The Man with the Golden Gun Shoots Blanks and The Crack of the Whip is this single-page pin-up page of The Silver Surfer:


This image is from the splash page of The Origin of the Silver Surfer! previously published by  Newton Comics in The Silver Surfer #1:


This issue includes the following in-house advertisements:



Dracula #NN [15] 

These ads promote issues published in the August 1976 relaunch of Newton Comics. The Dracula cover is a pre-production image, likely intended for Dracula #14, and eventually turned up on the final Dracula issue much later. As per the other issues in this period, The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #4 includes the second version of the Captain America bulletin:


This issue also has the t-shirt offer and the Camera Contest as per the other August 1976 issues. My copy does not include a Free King Size Super-Hero Poster.

I have guesstimated the publication date as 28 August 1976.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #3 is cover-dated March 1976:


The cover is from Marvel Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #9:


The comics contents are as follows

Slaughter In Central Park!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #9, February 1975
They Who Dwell Within, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10, March 1975 
Slay Now, Die Later [Part 1], originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10, March 1975
The Shaping of Vengeance [Part 2] (aka The Awesome Origin of Iron Fist!), originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10, March 1975 
Iron and Steel! [Part 3], originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10, March 1975

This issue includes the non-comics feature The Way of the Weapons, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #14, July 1975 

The original issues of Deadly Hands of Kung Fu often included frontispieces by feature artists, flaunting their stuff on characters in striking poses. Two such pieces are included in this issue as single-page filler/pinups. The first of these is by Ron Wilson:


This Shang-Chi illustration originally appeared in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10.

The second is a Bruce Lee illustration by Howard Chaykin, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #14:  


This issue contains the following in-house advertisements:



Prince Namor, The Sub-Mariner #1 

The X-Men #4 

Newton Team-Up #3


A two-page Marvel Mailbag spread, a Captain America iron-on transfer and a contest with the outdated expiry date 31 January 1976 round out this issue. Note the contest is on the inner front cover, not page 83 as per the cover advice.

Thanks to Mark Cannon for helping out with some scans.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2 is cover-dated January 1976:


The cover is from Marvel Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #10:


The comics contents are as follows:

A Hatred for All Seasons, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #8, January 1975 
Storm of Vengeance, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #8, January 1975 
A Contest of Truth, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #9, February 1975 

This issue also contains the following non-comics features:

Swords for Hire, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #8, January 1975
Kung Fu in the Paperbacks, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #8, January 1975 
Kihon Kumite, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #9, February 1975 
The Hidden Fist of David Brownridge, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #9, February 1975 

This issue contains the following in-house advertisements:



Doctor Strange #10 

The X-Men #4 




The Fantastic Four #13 

Origins of Marvel Comics mail order offer

The issue is rounded out with a two-page Marvel Mailbag spread, a subscription page, a t-shirt offer and a contest with the expiry date 21 February 1976.

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 was published 20 December 1975. Assuming the intended monthly schedule was adhered to despite the disruptions during this period, my guesstimate for the most likely publication date for this issue is 24 January 1976.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 is cover-dated December 1975:


The cover is from Marvel Comics' The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #6:


The story contents are as follows:

The Way of the Jackal!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #6, November 1974
Lesson of the Locust!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #6, November 1974
The Past-Assassins!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #7, December 1974
Tigers In a Mind-Cage!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #7, December 1974

This issue includes the following non-comics features:

A Bruce Lee Triple Feature or Good-bye, Saucer-Men; Hello the Hong Kong Flash, Doo Wah!, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #6, November 1974
The Basic Technique of Blocking, originally published in The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #7, December 1974

The poster in this issue is The Avengers:


This poster is from the cover of The Avengers #6, and had also recently been a poster in Newton's The Avengers #10.

This issue contains the following in-house advertisements:



Dracula #10 

The Fantastic Four #12

The December 1975 Captain America Bulletin is on the inner front cover:


Two letters pages, a t-shirt offer and a contest with the expiry date 31 January 1976 round out the issue.

According to the Marvel Mailbag this issue was scheduled for publication 20 December 1975:


The following week it was advertised in the Sunday Observer alongside Monsters Unleashed! #1:



Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tales of Terror Picture Library #7: Chatto on Promise of Death


Here's Keith Chatto's cover to Page Publications' Tales of Terror Picture Library #7:


This is based on a previous cover to Promise of Death. Here's a scan of the cover to Secret Service Club Library #41:


This issue was distributed in Australia with a $0.40 cover price. The GCD entry suggests this was a 1976 series. Both of these details place the publication date of Secret Service Club Library #41 well after Tales of Terror Picture Library #7.  It does appear an earlier edition of this issue was published, possibly by Med Publishing, or another UK publisher. 

It also appears this was the first Yaffa edition. I expect more will turn up.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chatto swipes Chatto: Two covers for The Desperadoes


Page Publications' Great War Stories #1 features a Keith Chatto cover:


The cover is based on Famepress' Battlecry Picture Library #2:


The Desperadoes was also published by Page Publications in Second World War Picture Library #29:


This is also a Chatto cover - and if anything it's a case of Chatto swiping Chatto!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Silver Surfer #6: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Sliver Surfer #6 is cover-dated March 1976:


The original cover is from Marvel Comics' The Silver Surfer #7:


However, the Newton cover is based on the Marvel UK cover of The Super-Heroes #9:


This issue is also from 1975. This version is readily identifiable by the Heir of Frankenstein scroll-type text box. Indeed it is this version which appears to be the canonical version as far as Marvel is concerned as it is the version which has since been kept in print. For example, see the 1980 version on the cover of Fantasy Masterpieces #7


It is this version which is included in my copy of Essential Silver Surfer Vol. 1, First Printing, February 1998:


I'd be interested to see which version is used in other Marvel reprints eg. Marvel Masterworks and Silver Surfer Omnibus.

The cover image for this issue was also used as a Free King Size Super-Hero poster..

After all that, the story reprinted in this issue is indeed The Heir of Frankenstein! as published in The Silver Surfer #7.

To this point the Newton issues of The Silver Surfer mirrored their Marvel Comics counterparts in terms of issue numbers and story content. This issue skipped the US The Silver Surfer #6, and was also the final issue in the series - to be followed much later by The Silver Surfer Giant 100 Page Special.

This issue includes a Conan the Barbarian poster:


This was previously published by Newton Comics' as the cover of Conan the Barbarian #9.

This issue includes the following in-house advertisements:



The X-Men #4 

The Silver Surfer #6 was advertised in-house:

This ad is scanned from Newton Team-Up #3.

This issue also contains two Bullpen Bulletin pages, a transfer and a contest with the expiry date 31 January 1976 - two months before the issue was published.

The indicia date is Vol-1 No.-6 1976.