Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More Newtons: The Amazing Spider-Man

For years The Amazing Spider-Man had been Marvels flagship title, closely followed by The Fantastic Four. However neither of those titles would reach those heights for Newton - Planet Of The Apes would claim that crown, but that didn't stop Newton from keeping Spider-Man firmly on the books. Other than the January/February 1976 shutdown, the book was issued on a regular basis for all of it's 17 issues. However, as with other titles, there were some serious continuity problems. Incredibly the book didn't have an annual, instead relying on a one-shot, the Newton Spectactular, that was issued towards the end of the life of Newton that merely reprinted material that had come before.

Now the comics.

#1

Date: May 1975

Contents:

Spider-Man by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #1)
The Terrible Tinkerer by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #2)
Duel To The Death With The Vulture by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #2)

The first issue was printed in mass quantities. I'm convinced that it as the first Newton comic ever issued/published, and while copies are common, copies with the poster intact are a premium.

The poster was Captain America, as drawn by Jack Kirby.

# 2

Date: June 1975

Contents:

Have Yourself A Sandman Little Christmas by Roy Thomas, Ross Andru & Mike Esposito (Marvel Team-Up #1)
Trapped By Loki by Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (Journey Into Mystery #85)

This issue was a jarring shock. Going from the art of Steve Ditko to the more (then) modern stylings of Ross Andru & Mike Esposito made for confusion. I've always wondered if Newton were aiming for a straight version of Marvel Team-Up, but other than a few giant sized issues this was about all we got. With this issue back-up stories featuring Thor began. However the continuity of the Thor stories was all over the place.

I have no details about the poster for this issue.
#3

Date: June 1975

Contents:

Versus Doctor Octopus by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #3)
Thor: Trapped By The Carbon-Copy Man by Larry Lieber & Al Hartley (Journey Into Mystery #90)

I'm convinced that this story is one of Ditko's best for the use of shadows and light - in black and white it looks stunning.

Newton got the book back on track with this issue. The poster was the Hulk vs Iron Man.

#4

Date: July 1975

Contents:

Nothing Can Stop The Sandman by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #4)
Marked For Destruction By Dr Doom by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #5)

The second story was continued in the next issue. However it was a common ploy used by Newton and would result in more than one title straying from it's course continuity wise.

The poster for this issue was Conan.

#5

Date: July 1975

Contents:

Marked For Destruction By Dr Doom by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #5)
The Wonderous World Of Dr Strange by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2)
What Will The Well Dressed Spider-Man Wear by Stan Lee & John Romita (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4)

Another jarring issue, continuity wise. Two Ditko drawn stories followed by a series of Romita drawn pin-ups.

I have no details about the poster for this issue.

#6

Date: August 1975

Contents:

The Return Of The Vulture by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #7)
The Thunder God And The Thug by Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby & Dick Ayers (Journey Into Mystery #89)

The Thor back-ups restarted with this issue. I have no details about the poster for this issue.

#7

Date: August 1975

Contents:

The Terrible Threat Of The Living Brain by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #8)

I don't have a cover scan for this issue, and I only have partial data as to it's contents. I suspect that there was another Thor story, but the details of what it might be are unknown to me right now. If anyone has this issue out there (and issue #12 for that matter) and can provide a cover scan and details of the contents then by all means email me.

#8

Date: September 1975

Contents:

The Web And The Flame by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Mike Esposito (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4)
Thor Faces The Menace Of The Demon Duplicators by Robert Berns & Joe Sinnott (Journey Into Mystery #95)

Another huge leap in continuity, this time going from issue #8 to Annual #4 - from Ditko to Lieber and Esposito. As the annual went for 44 pages the story was split between this issue and the following.

I have no details about the poster or swap card for this issue.

#9

Date: September 1975

Contents:

The Web And The Flame by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber & Mike Esposito (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4)
Thor Faces The Menace Of The Demon Duplicators by Stan Lee & Joe Sinnott (Journey Into Mystery #95)

That cover looks familiar - not. The image is taken from the interior story, it's a half page splash and works surprisingly well as a cover image. This issue finished the story began in the previous issue.

I have no details about the poster or swap card for this issue.

#10

Date: October 1975

Contents:

The Man Called Electro by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #9)
Thor And Loki Attack The Human Race by Robert Berns & Joe Sinnott (Journey Into Mystery #94)

From Lieber back to Ditko, and the Thor reprints also wet backwards.

The poster for this issue was The Silver Surfer.

#11

Date: October 1975

Contents:

The Enforcers by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #10)
Thor And Loki Attack The Human Race by Robert Berns & Joe Sinnott (Journey Into Mystery #94)

The poster for this issue was of Dr Strange.
#12

Date: October 1975

Contents:

Turning Point by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #11)
Defying The Magic Of Mad Merlin by Robert Berns & Joe Sinnott (Journey Into Mystery #96)

I have no cover scan for this issue, nor do I have any details on the poster. Although the Spider-Man stories would now follow their original release order, the Thor back-ups still leapt from issue to issue.

#13

Date: November 1975

Contents:

Unmasked By Dr. Octopus by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #12)
Defying The Magic Of Mad Merlin by Robert Berns & Joe Sinnott (Journey Into Mystery #96)

I have no details about the poster for this issue.

#14

Date: December 1975

Contents:

The Menace Of Mysterio by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #13)
Challenged By The Human Cobra by Stan Lee & Don Heck (Journey Into Mystery #98)

Again, the Thor stories were all over the place and printed out of order.

I have no details about the poster for this issue.

#15

Date: December 1975

Contents:

The Grotesque Adventures Of The Green Goblin by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #14)
Challenged By The Human Cobra by Stan Lee & Don Heck (Journey Into Mystery #98)

This issue would mark the last of the Thor back-ups. Thor would get his own, albeit short-lived, solo title the next month. This marked the last issue of the original run. As with the other Newton titles the book was cancelled only to be relaunched in February 1976.

#16

Date: February 1976

Contents:

Kraven The Hunter by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #15)
Duel With Daredevil by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #16)

From here on the stories would be all Spider-Man. No posters or other premiums would be issued with the comics. Despite being part of the relaunch the book would only see one more issue before being cancelled.

#17

Date: March 1976

Contents:

The Return Of The Green Goblin by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #17)
The End Of Spider-Man by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #18)

The last issue. With this issue the book would be cancelled for good.

NEWTON SPECTACULAR: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN no number. Published late 1975/early 1976.

Contents:

The Man Called Electro by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #9)
The Return Of The Vulture by Lee & Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man #7)
Have Yourself A Sandman Little Christmas by Roy Thomas, Ross Andru & Mike Esposito (Marvel Team-Up #1)
The Wonderful World Of Dr. Strange by Lee & Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2)
Where Walk The Villains by Stan Lee, Don Heck & Mike Esposito (Tales Of Suspense #62)

This one-shot again sports an altered cover, recoloured to emphasise the main Spider-Man figure. I've already written about this book previously but what leaps out is the sheer amount of material here that had already seen the light in the main Spider-Man title. As we now know Newton wasn't above grabbing unsold issues of books and throwing the contents between new covers and attempting to sell them again. This book is a classic example. This was the closest we got to seeing a proper Newton Spider-Man annual.

Newton also issued a Captain America/Spider-Man one-shot, I've never seen a copy let alone received any details on the contents.

Newton Four-In-One reprinted Amazing Spider-Man #19
Team-Up #3 reprinted Amazing Spider-Man #21
Giant Team-Up Annual reprinted Marvel Team-Up #3; #4; #6 and Amazing Spider-Man #1

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was a poster in Amazing Spider-Man #15: it was of Doctor Strange - apparently the cover from a "GIANT SUPER-HERO SPECIAL NOW OUT" with the main banner saying "ETERNITY LIVES!"

powerof2 said...

Does anybody no if the newton reprints are worth anything now ? in particular the amazing spiderman issue's 4,3,6,15 and 11?

SOLARCADE said...

Does anyone know where I can purchase Spiderman #1? If so please contact me at solaradet@ gmail.com or 832-389-6263.

I will pay top dollar