Monday, July 31, 2006

More Newtons: The Hulk

Before we start Scott Rowland has made an interesting observation about the X-Men titles. Scott says, "The Newton X-Men 5 reprinting issues 9 and 11, but omitting 10 may mean that they were working with the materials prepared for Marvel X-Men Annual 1, which did the same. (X-Men 10, the first appearance of Ka-Zar, was reprinted in Ka-Zar volume 1, number 1)." It's an interesting theory and certainly a sound one. It could also be that working on the same principal Marvel never sent the stats/material over to Newton for X-Men 10, however we may never know the definitive answer. It's great to theorize though, so by all means throw those ideas up.

Now to today's entry: The Incredible Hulk.

The Hulk was one of the first wave of Newtons, along with The Amazing Spider-Man, Planet Of The Apes, The Avengers and Dracula. Titles such as The Fantastic Four followed very soon after and can still be considered to be part of that first wave, but the Hulk was there from the start of the line. Like most of the Newton range the title suffered from a disjointed run with seemingly no reason to where stories were placed. The Hulk shows this in a spectacular fashion, moreso than any other Newton title (with the possible exception of Spider-Man). As with all of the first wave Newtons, latter issues are notoriously hard to track down.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #1
Published May 1975.

Contents:

How A Man Became The Hulk by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Paul Rienman (The Incredible Hulk #1)
A Titan Rides The Train by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & George Bell (Tales To Astonish #63)
The Horde Of The Humanoids by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & George Bell (Tales To Astonish #64)
The Hero That Was by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Syd Shores (Captain America #109)

Kicking off with a two page recap of the Hulk's origin, the series went straight into the Tales To Astonish material. The back-up stories for the first issues were of Captain America, presumably as a try out to see of there was any interest in a CA solo series.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #2
Published June 1975

Contents:

Banished To Outer Space by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (The Incredible Hulk #3)
The Ringmaster by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby (Strange Tales #111)
The Incredible Hulk by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & George Bell(Tales To Astonish #60)
Face-To-Face With Baron Mordo by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Strange Tales #111)

Here's a classic example of how disjointed the Hulk series was for Newton. The cover art for this issue is a classic image from The Incredible Hulk (USA) #102, and yet the contents have nothing to do with that issue. Again, presumably Newton felt the that more 'contemporary' cover images would be successful over the older Kirby & Ditko covers, for now.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #3
Published July 1975.

Contents:

Captured At Last by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & George Bell (Tales To Astonish #61)
Enter The Chameleon by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko & George Bell (Tales To Astonish #62)
No Longer Alone by Stan Lee, Jim Steranko & Joe Sinnott (Captain America #111)

Yes, that's the cover to Captain America (USA) #111 on this issue. As the title moved forward the stories went backwards.

The poster is a classic Steranko Captain America action panel.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #4
Published August 1975.

Contents:

The Monster And The Machine by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (The Incredible Hulk #4)
The Gladiator From Outer Space by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (The Incredible Hulk #4)
The Terror Of The Toad Men by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko (The Incredible Hulk #2)

Again the title was all over the place. This issue does actually feature the cover and contents from The Hulk (USA) #4, but showcases a reprint from The Hulk (USA) #2.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #5
Published August 1975

Contents:

Bruce Banner, Wanted For Treason by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Steve Ditko (The Incredible Hulk #2)
Beauty And The Beast by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (The Incredible Hulk #5)
The Hordes Of General Fang by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (Incredible Hulk #5)

The lead-off story for this issue is the second part of the Toad Men story from the previous issue. The rest of the issue does feature both the contents and cover image from The Hulk (USA) #5.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #6
Published September 1975.

Contents:

And Now... The Space Parasite by Gary Friedrich, Marie Severin & Frank Giacoia (The Incredible Hulk #103)
Enter The Hulk by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers & Paul Rienman (Tales To Astonish #59)

From here onwards the title did attempt to gain a form of continuity as the older Lee-Kirby-Ditko material was discarded for a more (then) familiar Hulk image.

I have no information regarding the poster or swap card for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #7
Published September 1975

Contents:

Ring Around The Rhino by Gary Friedrich, Marie Severin & Frank Giacoia (The Incredible Hulk #104)
Enter The Hulk by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers & Paul Reinman (Tales To Astonish #59)

The second story was a continuation from the previous issue.

I have no information regarding the poster or swap card for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #8
Published October 1975

Contents:

This Monster Unleashed by Roy Thomas, Bill Everett, Marie Severin & George Tuska (The Incredible Hulk #105)
Enter The Hulk by Stan Lee, Dick Ayers & Paul Reinman (Tales To Astonish #59)

This issue used the cover image from The Incredible Hulk (USA) #102, the issue that relaunched the book as a solo title in the USA. Again the contents had nothing to do with that issue.

I have no information regarding the poster or swap card for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #9
Published October 1975

Contents:

Above The Earth, A Titan Rages by Archie Goodwin, Roy Thomas, Herb Trimpe & George Tuska (The Incredible Hulk #106)
When Wakes The Sleeper by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Syd Shores (Captain America #101)

This issue re-starts the Captain America reprints as that title would be launched in December 1975.

The poster was of Spider-Man and the Human Torch.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #10
Published November 1975

Contents:

Ten Rings Hath The Mandarin by Gary Friedrich, Herb Trimpe & Syd Shores (The Incredible Hulk #107)
When Wakes The Sleeper by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Syd Shores (Captain America #101)

Again the title attempted to regain some of the continuity it had been missing. The Captain America story was a continuation from the previous issue.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #11
Published November 1975

Contents:

Monster Triumphant by Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe & John Severin (The Incredible Hulk #108)
When Wakes The Sleeper by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Syd Shores (Captain America #101)

This issue wraps up the Captain America story-line. Captain America (USA) #102 would then appear in Captain America (Newton) #1 the following month.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #12
Published December 1975

Contents:

The Monster And The Man-Beast by Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe & Frank Giacoia (The Incredible Hulk #109)
Battle Of The Palace Of The Gods by Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik & Sal Trapani (Man-Thing #1)

Oddly enough the back-up reprint for this issue was the classic Man-Thing/Howard The Duck story, however as the story starts in the middle of a story line it was confusing at best. The cover was...Interesting. A purple Zabu?

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #13
Published December 1975

Contents:

Umbu, The Unliving by Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe & John Severin (The Incredible Hulk #110)
Battle For The Palace Of The Gods by Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik & Sal Trapani (Man-Thing #1)

The back-up story would run throughout this issue and the next.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #14
Published January 1976

Contents:

Shanghaied In Space by Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe & Dan Adkins (The Incredible Hulk #111)
Battle For The Palace Of The Gods by Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik & Sal Trapani (Man Thing #1)

With this issue the series would be cancelled and ultimately re-launched for one last issue. Moreso the pity because the series was starting to sport clearer and clearer artwork, better quality paper stock and had settled on a definite run of (USA) issues.

I have no information regarding the poster for this issue.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #15
Published March 1976

Contents:

The Brute Battles On by Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe & Dan Adkins (The Incredible Hulk #112)
Nowhere To Go But Down by Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik & Sal Trapani (Man Thing #2)

With this final issue, coming three months after the previous issue, the title was cancelled for good. The paper quality, the printing and artwork on the last two issues were the best for the books run.

The iron-on transfer was of Captain America.

INCREDIBLE HULK #16

Date: April 1976

Contents:
Where Fall The Shifting Sands? by Stan Lee, Herb Trimpe & Dan Adkins (Incredible Hulk #113)
Nowhere To Go But Down by Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik & Sal Trapani (Man Thing #2)

This is a 'lost' Newton and as such it doesn't exist. The cover image appeared in an ad and probably never made it past the mock-up stage. Logically it stands to reason that the cover image - reprinted from Hulk #113 (USA) would reflect what appeared on the inside cover. As the previous issue, #15, started to reprint the second issue of Man Thing and had managed to print 7 pages out of (an overall) 19 the guess of that continuing would be a good one.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK ANNUAL #1
Published December 1975

Contents:

A Refuge Divided by Gary Friedrich, Marie Severin & Syd Shores (Hulk Annual #1)
The Keepers Of The Crypt by Roy Thomas, Barry Smith & Tom Palmer (Conan The Barbarian #8)

The annual showed a few surprised. First off it reprinted the Hulk (USA) Annual #1 in it's entirety, along with a vintage Conan story as a back-up. Of note is the Conan story is missing it's splash page, but does feature the original art for the cover itself. The letters page also showed that Newton printed the original Marvel stats/art unaltered (for the most part) as people were then busily pointing out mistakes that had appeared in the first editions of the original titles but had been corrected for subsequent printings.

The swap card was Spider-Man #3

The Hulk also appeared in the following:
The Incredible Hulk (USA) #113 appeared in Newton Four-In-One #1
The Hulk (USA) #1 appeared in Origins Of Great Marvel Comic Superheroes

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The poster for The Incredible Hulk #10 is The Silver Surfer (with Thor). Cheers, Spiros.

Anonymous said...

Only just caught up with this, but a couple of corrections re THE INCREDIBLE HULK #2.
- The cover art is from The Incredible Hulk (USA) #105, not #102
- The Ringmaster story is from The Incredible Hulk (USA) #3, not Strange Tales #111