Saturday, August 17, 2019

Chatto on Page Publications romance novels

This is Keith Chatto's cover to Page Publications' Romantic Library #19:

This is not a comic book. It's a prose romance story titled One Way Ticket by Monica Blake.

This is Chatto's cover to Page Publications' True Life Library #28:

Clearly the strategy employed by Page Publications to recycle material under new Chatto covers was not limited to the comic books. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Terror Adventure #1:Chatto skin

This is the Keith Chatto cover to Page Publications' Terror Adventure #1:

It is a swipe from Famepress' S.A.T.A.N #3:

In the Chatto version the figure in the foreground is nude. This is no doubt partly intended as tittilation. However, there is some relevance to the story, as the figure is a wax effigy of a recently departed "hare-brained society dame", as one of the characters describes her.

Now, she is not nude in the story, but in my opinion the nudity, heavy black shadowing,  and garish green and yellow skin hues differentiate the figure in the foreground from the two background characters more effectively than the original cover image.

Having said that I don't doubt that if this issue was published just a year or two later Chatto would have given the figure even more skin. I await subsequent reprintings of this story to surface.

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Newton Comics Nabisco posters

In early 1976 the Newton Comics office was scrambling for traction. New series were added to the roster only to last a couple of issues; issues were delayed; advertised issues and series did not eventuate; new formats were instituted; context expiry dates were wildly out of sync with publication dates; stockpiled back issues were reintroduced into the market; and advertised posters were not included in issues - all of which culminated in the Receivers winding down the enterprise in April.

Amongst the chaotic production in this period a new promotion was instigated. If you blinked you'd miss it, but buried in the Marvel Mailbag of some March 1976 cover-dated issues was the following editorial notice:

That's right - Newton Comics posters were included in Nabisco Weeties and Crispies cereal boxes. In fact, there were 10 posters in the range:

The rear of the posters advertised the complete range, ensuring the collector's bug hit the nervous system:

These posters are the same size as the standard stapled insert covers, but the paper and printing quality is superior. They have a light sheen, and some of the colours pop - especially the red ink on the Captain America, Conan the Barbarian, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man and The Human Torch, The Mighty Thor and Captain Marvel posters. The other way to readily distinguish these from the regular posters is they have two distinct creases - one vertical and one horizontal - as they were folded twice for inclusion in the cereal boxes.

Many issues published c.March/April 1976 advertised posters, but they were not to be found within the issues. It may be mere coincidence that the Nabisco posters were promoted at this time.

Newton Comics readers will be familiar with the images on the Nabisco posters given they were all previously issued as regular posters within the comic books, albeit slightly modified eg. deleted text boxes. 

Needless to say, these posters rank amongst the most difficult Newton Comics items to collect - they are possibly even scarcer than the King Size posters.

Thanks to Robert Thomas for helping out with information and some great scans.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Kull the Conqueror and Kull the Destroyer: The complete Yaffa cover gallery

Here's a cover gallery of my complete runs Yaffas' Kull the Conqueror and Kull the Destroyer series:

 Kull the Conqueror #1, c.October 1977

 Kull the Conqueror #2, c.December 1978

 Kull the Conqueror #3, 1980

 Kull the Conqueror #4, 1980

 Kull the Destroyer #5, c.March 1981

Kull the Destroyer #6, c.August 1981

Kull the Destroyer #7, c.January 1982

Kull  the Conqueror #'s 1 and 2 are regular/magazine-sized issues. The rest of the issues are digest-sized. Kull the Destroyer #'s 6 and 7 are tall digests, the others are short digests.

Each issue reprints three Kull stories from the respective US Marvel series. They are reprinted in sequential order.

Marvel's Kull the Conqueror ran for 10 issues. The numbering continued in Kull the Destroyer. The crossover point in the Yaffa series is in Kull the Conqueror #4. This issue reprints the main contents of Kull the Conqueror #10 and Kull the Destroyer #'s 11 and 12. 

Some of the Kull the Destroyer issues reprinted short vintage Marvel stories as page fillers. These stories by the likes of Steve Ditko and Joe Maneely are included in the respective Yaffa issues.

It is possible there is a Kull the Destroyer #8 but I have not seen a copy.

Yaffa published some other Kull issues. Kull the King and The Kingdom of Kull are recycled retitled editionsKull the Destroyer #NN is a one-off issue based on Marvel Preview #19.