Thursday, July 20, 2006

More Newtons: The Silver Surfer

Today we look at The Silver Surfer, one of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby's most enduring creations. Before we do there's yet another question to answer. Nick Caputo asks, "I'm interested in the quality of the printed books, as you've mentioned they look very good and were printed from stats. Since they are in English, Marvel would be able to use these for reprints. Do you know if anyone at Marvel who has been producing the recent reprint collections knows of these comics? It may be the best quality for them to reprint early Marvel material." The answer is, simply, yes. I had dialogue with Marvel editor Tom Brevoort about the Marvel Essentials line earlier this year. We talked about the quality of the Essentials books and his response to me was that a lot of the raw material doesn't exist for use anymore, hence some stories in the Essentials books are near unreadable. I mentioned the existence of the Newtons, and that the paper quality of a lot of the books were of very high standard, and as they were shot directly from the stats they might be able to be considered as source material. His response wasn't too encouraging, as Essentials are cheap Marvel don't go out of their way to source better quality reproduction material, and as the Newtons were B&W they'd not be considered for Masterworks. Sad really.

However feel free to visit Tom via the links in this post and gently remind him that there's a wealth of material about the place. The Newtons were roughly larger than the average Golden Age comic book, making them at least twice the size of the more common Alan Class (UK) books, and, having seen examples of both books, the Newtons are far and away better quality - the reprinting is clearer and in most cases the paper stock is better.

The Silver Surfer #1. Published September 1975.

Contents:

The Origin Of The Surfer by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Joe Sinnott (Silver Surfer #1)
Call Her Medusa by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Paul Reinman (Strange Tales #96)

Incredibly over half the entire run of The Silver Surfer was reprinted in Australia, and, for the most part, in order. As the original stories were printed in double-sized books (USA) almost each copy of the Newton SS books contained one story only. The poster and swap-card in this issue were of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Silver Surfer #2. Published October 1975.

Contents:

When Lands The Saucer by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Joe Sinnott (Silver Surfer #2)

Again, apologies for the bad scan - it's all I have left of this issue (my copy has vanished somewhere). Unusual for the Newton comics of their size, all issues of this run reprinted the original cover art, albeit in freshly colored form.

The Silver Surfer #3. Published November 1975.

Contents:

The Power And The Prize by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Joe Sinnott (Silver Surfer #3)

Unlike other 'regular' books the Surfer books actually were issued on a monthly basis. Most others would go bi-weekly and even weekly in an attempt to keep the readers interested.

The Silver Surfer #4. Published December 1975.

Contents:

The Good, The Bad And The Uncanny by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Sal Buscema (Silver Surfer #4)

Amusingly the cover ad stated that the book was a 'New Giant Size Monthly Edition' ignoring the fact that the first three issues were also monthly and the same size. A classic example of Newton hype. The poster was of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Silver Surfer #5 Published February 1976.

Contents:

And Who Shall Mourn For Him? by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Sal Buscema (Silver Surfer #5)

The poster was of The Amazing Spider-Man.

The Silver Surfer #6. Published March 1976.

Contents:

Worlds Without End by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Sal Buscema (Silver Surfer #6)

No further details as yet. There was no Surfer book for February due to the temporary shut down of the company, and this issue was released almost as a one-off.

This was the last issue of The Silver Surfer issued as the book was cancelled after this issue. That it'd remained unscathed for as long as it did (six months) was testament to the popularity of the both the character and the title.

The Silver Surfer no number. Published late 1975.

Contents:
The Surfer And The Spider by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Dan Adkins (Silver Surfer #14)
The Flame And The Fury by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Dan Adkins (Silver Surfer #15)
In The Hands Of Mephisto by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Chic Stone (Silver Surfer #16) The Surfer Must Kill by Stan Lee, John Buscema & Chic Stone (Silver Surfer #17)
Challenged By The Human Cobra by Stan Lee & Don Heck (Journey Into Mystery #98)

With the issuing of this book there remained material not printed by Newton featuring the Surfer. Other Surfer stories can be found in the following books:
Silver Surfer (USA) #10 was printed in Newton Spectacular #1.
Silver Surfer (USA) #4 was printed in Newton Holiday Spectacular and Newton Holiday Special

That leaves issues (USA) #7, 8, 9,11, 12, 13 & 18 that I've not found reprinted in any Newton book to date.

2 comments:

S.Bove said...

Another question is what is the market for comics like now in Australia? I guess Marvel and DC comics are available to you? Was there a Newton equivalent to DC? Love those Surfer books!

fd8e83b0-5af8-11e0-9d44-000bcdcb2996 said...

Following up on the lame Brevoort reply, I contributed the first two Thunder Agents archives with black and white copies of stories, in Danish no less.