Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Supernatural Thrillers #5: The Yaffa edition


Page Publications' digest-sized Supernatural Thrillers #5 was published in 1981:


The cover is a recoloured reprint of the original cover on Marvel Comics' Supernatural Thrillers #15:


The stories in this issue are as follows:

A Separate War, originally published in Supernatural Thrillers #13, June 1975 
All These Great Pawns, originally published in Supernatural Thrillers #14, August 1975 
Armageddon at the Aleph!, originally published in Supernatural Thrillers #15, October 1975 

A Separate War and All These Great Pawns are preceded by black and white prints of the covers to the respective US issues sans trade dress:



Supernatural Thrillers #5 was recycled by Yaffa as a digest-sized unnumbered issue:


This was probably published c.April 1982. TBC

Monday, March 30, 2020

Real Western Library #45


Real Western Library #45 was published by Page Publications c.December 1970 and features a cover by Keith Chatto:


This issue was recycled a couple of years later under a new Chatto cover as Badman Western Library #3:


There are likely more recycled editions of this issue. TBA.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Werewolf by Night: The complete Yaffa cover gallery


Here's a cover gallery of my complete run of Page Publications' Werewolf By Night:

Werewolf by Night #1, c.late 1977 

Werewolf by Night #2, c.January 1978

Werewolf by Night #3, c.March 1978 

 Werewolf by Night #4, c.November 1979 

 Werewolf by Night #5, c.June 1980

Werewolf by Night #6, c.November 1980


 Werewolf by Night #8, c.late 1981 

 Werewolf by Night #9, c.January 1982 

 Werewolf by Night #NN, c.April 1982

The first four issues are regular-sized, and the rest are digest-sized - #'s 8 and 9 are 'tall' digests.

The dates attributed above are based on the smattering of information available. I'll amend as more information comes to hand.

The final unnumbered issue is a digest-sized reprint of the first issue. I assume this is c.April 1982 and not c.April 1983 - if it's the latter, then there may be a Werewolf by Night #10, but I doubt it.

At least one retitled edition was published: The Werewolf Monster is a digest-sized reprint of Werewolf By Night #2. There may be more to be unearthed.

Some of the issues are linked to indexed entries. I'll get around to the rest eventually and update the links.

I might add that this has proven to be one of the more difficult of Yaffa's Marvel series to complete. If you want a full set I suggest you snap up any copy you find and don't worry about the grade. My $0.02.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Iron Fist: The complete Yaffa cover gallery


Here's a cover gallery of my complete run of Yaffa's Iron Fist series:

 Iron Fist #1, 1978

 Iron Fist #2, c.September 1979

 Iron Fist #3, c.March 1981

 Iron Fist #4, c.June 1981

 Iron Fist #5, c.December 1981

Iron Fist #6, c.early 1982

Iron Fist #2 is a reprint of #1 albeit with a modified cover.

The first two issues are regular/magazine sized and the rest are digest-sized editions. #'s 3 and 4 are 'short' digests, and #'s 5 and 6 are 'tall' editions.

The Yaffa Iron Fist series reprints the complete Marvel Comics' Iron Fist series from 1975-77. In due course I'll index the individual issues and stories, but in general each issue contains three stories from the original series in the original order of publication.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Fantastic Four #5: The Newton edition


This is the cover of Newton Comics' The Fantastic Four #5:


The cover is recoloured and slightly reformatted from the original on Marvel Comics' Strange Tales #107:


The story contents:

Captives of the Deadly Duo Part 1, originally published in Fantastic Four #6, September 1962
[Captives of the Deadly Duo] Part 2 When Super-Menaces Unite, originally published in Fantastic Four #6, September 1962
[Captives of the Deadly Duo] Part 3 When Friends Fall Out!, originally published in Fantastic Four #6, September 1962
[Captives of the Deadly Duo] Part 4 Trapped, originally published in Fantastic Four #6, September 1962
[Captives of the Deadly Duo] Part 5 The End...Or The Beginning?, originally published in Fantastic Four #6, September 1962
The Impossible Man, originally published in Fantastic Four #11, February 1963

The Impossible Man was previously published in Australia by Horwitz in Strange Tales #4.

This issue contains a Thor poster:


This image originally appeared on the cover of Marvel Comics' Thor #129. It would resurface a number of times in Newton comics - the poster was also in Dracula #9, and a single-page black and white poster/filler appeared in many issues late in the piece. 

This issue includes the following in-house advertisements: 



This issue also contains a single letters page, a Planet of the Apes Tee Shirt offer, and a contest with the expiry date 20 October 1975.

I am uncertain of the publication date -  it may have been 30 August 1975 but the competition expiry date suggests it was published a week after The Amazing Spider-Man #7 on 6 September 1975. TBC.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Fantastic Four #4: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Fantastic Four #4 was published 16 August 1975:


The cover is recoloured from Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #5:



The story contents:

Prisoners of Doctor Doom!, originally published in Fantastic Four #5, July 1962
[Prisoners of Doctor Doom!] Part 2 Back to the Past!, originally published in Fantastic Four #5, July 1962
[Prisoners of Doctor Doom! Part 3 On the Trail of Blackbeard, originally published in Fantastic Four #5, July 1962
[Prisoners of Doctor Doom! Part 4 Battle!, originally published in Fantastic Four #5, July 1962
[Prisoners of Doctor Doom! Part 5 The Vengeance of Doctor Doom!, originally published in Fantastic Four #5, July 1962
The Human Torch Meets Paste-Pot Pete!, originally published in Strange Tales #104, January 1963 

This issue contains a Silver Surfer poster:


This poster advertises the forthcoming Silver Surfer series. This image is from the cover of Marvel's The Silver Surfer #7 and was on the cover of Newton's The Silver Surfer #6.

This issue includes an inhouse ad for The Amazing Spider-Man #6:


The favour was reciprocated: The Fantastic Four #4 was advertised in The Amazing Spider-Man #6:


This issue includes a subscription page, A Super Hero Tee Shirts offer, a Marvel Mailbag page, and a contest with the expiry date 29 September 1975.

The publication date 16 August 1975 is a guestimate but I'm confident it's accurate based on available information.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Fantastic Four #3: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Fantastic Four #3 was published 2 August 1975:


The cover is recoloured from the original on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #4:


The story contents:

The Coming of... Sub-Mariner! Chapter 1 On the Trail of the Torch!, originally published in Fantastic Four #4, May 1962
[The Coming of... Sub-Mariner!] Chapter 2 Enter the Sub-Mariner!, originally published in Fantastic Four #4, May 1962
[The Coming of... Sub-Mariner!] Chapter 3 Let the World Beware!, originally published in Fantastic Four #4, May 1962
[The Coming of... Sub-Mariner!] Chapter 4 Sub-Mariner's Revenge!, originally published in Fantastic Four #4, May 1962
[The Coming of... Sub-Mariner!] Chapter 5 Return to the Deep!, originally published in Fantastic Four #4, May 1962
Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!, originally published in Strange Tales #103, December 1962
[Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!] Part 2 Trapped in Another World!, originally published in Strange Tales #103, December 1962
[Prisoner of the 5th Dimension!] Part 3 The End of Zemu!, originally published in Strange Tales #103, December 1962

The stories appear to be reprinted complete and intact apart from the omission of the original page numbers and the odd job number.

This issue contains a Hulk poster:


This image originally appeared on the cover of Marvel Comics' The Incredible Hulk #105, and was  on the cover of Newton's The Incredible Hulk #2. It was also one of the Nabisco Newton posters.

This issue includes inhouse ads for The Incredible Hulk #3, Conan the Barbarian #1, and Planet of the Apes Annual #1. It also includes a subscription page and a contest with the expiry date 15 September 1975.

The Fantastic Four #3 was advertised in the Sunday Observer 3 August 1975:



Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Fantastic Four #2: The Newton edition


Newton Comics' The Fantastic Four #2 was published 12 July 1975:


The cover is recoloured and slightly modified from the original cover on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four #3:


The story contents:

The Menace of the Miracle Man Chapter 1, originally published in Fantastic Four #3, March 1962
[The Menace of the Miracle Man] Chapter II The Monster Lives!, originally published in Fantastic Four #3, March 1962
[The Menace of the Miracle Man] Chapter III The Flame That Died!, originally published in Fantastic Four #3, March 1962
[The Menace of the Miracle Man] Chapter IV In the Shadow of Defeat!, originally published in Fantastic Four #3, March 1962
[The Menace of the Miracle Man] Chapter V The Final Challenge!, originally published in Fantastic Four #3, March 1962
The Sandman Strikes!, originally published in Strange Tales #115, December 1963 

Both stories appear to be presented complete and intact, apart from the omission of the original page numbers.

The front cover of Strange Tales #115 sans trade dress is also included in this issue:


This issue includes a Fantastic Four poster:


This image is a modified panel from Fantastic Four #139 and was also included in Newton's Dracula #2. Interestingly the cover of Fantastic Four #139 was the source for the poster in Newton's The Amazing Spider-Man #9. and Planet of the Apes #3.

This issue contains inhouse ads for The Incredible Hulk #2, advertised as on sale 5 July 1975, and The Avengers #1 advertised as On Sale Now.

The Fantastic Four #2 was advertised inhouse with an On Sale date 12 July in Dracula #1 and Planet of the Apes #3:


It was also advertised in the Sunday Observer 13 July 1975:


This issue also contains a subscription page and a contest with the expiry date 12 August 1975.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Michael Mauser Private Eye: The Gredown edition


Gredown's Michael Mauser Private Eye was published c.December 1976:


The cover art is unsigned but looks like the work of Phil Belbin, and is based on the opening panel of the story The Inheritance:


Michael Mauser began as a support character to E-Man, and then appeared in his own back feature in Vengeance Squad. This issue reprints all the Michael Mauser stories from the six issues of Charlton's Vengeance Squad, as well as a Vengeance Squad story and a horror story introduced by Mr. Dedd. This issue is fully indexed on the GCD.

This issue appears to be the first collection of Michael Mauser stories ever published.

And I like the frizzy cats on the cover.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Newtonalia: The Planet of the Apes Sunday Observer Special [#2]


Over 10 years ago I posted scans of my copy of The Planet of the Apes Sunday Observer Special.

I now have a copy of The Planet of the Apes Sunday Observer Special [#2]:











This edition is titled Sunday Observer Apes on the inner pages, and is dated 15 June 1975.


Needless to say, the pamphlets are extremely scarce. They are not even found in the Sunday Observer collections in the State Library of Victoria nor the National Library in Canberra. 

Many years ago I received a phone call out of the blue offering me multiple copies of this edition. Nothing came of it, and I'm not aware of those copies appearing in the marketplace - if indeed they ever existed. 

This copy fell into my hands due to the intervention of Robert Thomas Esq. who is, of course, the king of Newtonalia and all things Ape, and my go-to guy whenever I need to check anything related to Newton Comics. Much obliged, squire!