Friday, February 02, 2007

More Newtons: Dr Strange

Dr Strange was another attempt at a regular title and came in the second wave of Newtons, presumably once more product had been shipped over from Marvel. A few of the Lee/Ditko Dr Strange stories had been printed prior to this series, notably the origin story in both The Avengers and in the Origins book. However the only real exposure the Ditko Dr Strange would get would be via the Giant Man/Dr Strange one shot (detailed below) and also in the Sub-Mariner special.

Unusually for Newton this series was published the same as the standard USA series, continuity wise however the preceding issues (notably Marvel Premiere #9 through to #14) which set the series up were never printed by Newton.

#1

Date: August 1975

Contents:
Through An Orb Darkly by Steve Englehart, Frank Brunner & Dick Giordano (Dr. Strange #1)
A Separate Reality by Englehart, Brunner & Giordano (Dr. Strange #2)

The poster for this issue of the Werewolf By Night. As the Dr Strange stories by Englehart and Brunner were reasonably short (at this stage) there was enough scope to print the first two issues in the one book. Brunner's art looked magnificent in black and white.

#2

Date: September 1975

Contents:
Amidst The Madness by Steve Englehart, Stan Lee, Frank Brunner, Steve Ditko & Alan Weiss (Dr. Strange #3)
The Toad by Tom Sutton (Dracula Lives #13)

The poster was of the Silver Surfer and the swap card was Planet Of The Apes #1. The back-up story remains one of Suttons best stories and was a very powerful back-up feature.

#4

Date: September 1975

Contents:
Where Boundries Decay by Steve Englehart, Frank Brunner & Dick Giordano (Dr. Strange #4)
A Woman Possessed by Gary Friedrich, Tom Sutton & Syd Shores (Ghost Rider #1)

The poster in this issue was of Dracula, the swap card was The Hulk #1.

Here's one of the best examples of the way Newton worked. You'll notice that this issue #4, and there's no issue #3 listed. That's because, despite the number on the cover, this is issue #3. There was a mix-up at the Newton factory and in the confusion the issue was mis-labeled (mis-numbered?) with this being the result.

At the same time Newton began reprinting the Ghost Rider series also from issue #1, thus missing the lead up stories as printed in Marvel Spotlight. These stories were usually split between issues with each entry running between eight to nine pages per issue.

#4a

Date: October 1975

Contents:
Cloak And Dagger by Steve Englehart, Frank Brunner & Dick Giordano (Dr. Strange #5)
The Ghost Rider by Gary Friedrich, Tom Sutton & Syd Shores (Ghost Rider #1)

The poster in this issues was Daredevil and the swap card was The Avengers #5.

If you weren't already confused. Instead of merely issuing a an issue #5 Newton drew more attention to it's mistake by releasing a book numbered '4a'.

#5

Date: October 1975

Contents:
Lift High The Veil of Fears by Steve Englehart, Gene Colan & Klaus Janson (Dr Strange #6)
Shake Hands With Satan by Gary Friedrich, Jim Mooney & Syd Shores (Ghost Rider #2)

This issue saw the numbering return to normal. Not sure of either the poster or the swap card details for this issue.

#6

Date: November 1975

Contents:
The Demon Fever by Steve Englehart, Gene Colan & John Romita (Dr. Strange #7)
Shake Hands With Satan by Gary Friedrich, Jim Mooney & Syd Shores (Ghost Rider #2)

The poster for this issue was of Conan. As with the previous issues the Ghost Rider reprints continued without splash pages, credits and explanation.

#7

Date: November 1975

Contents:
Consummation by Steve Englehart, Gene Colan & Frank Chiarmonte (Dr. Strange #9)
Wheels On Fire by Gary Friedrich, Jim Mooney & John Tartaglione (Ghost Rider #3)

The poster for this issue was of Spider-Man.

#8

Date: December 1975

Contents:
Alone Against Eternity by Steve Englehart, Gene Colan & Frank Chiarmonte (Dr. Strange #10)
Wheels On Fire by Steve Englehart, Jim Mooney & John Tartaglione (Ghost Rider #3)

#9

Date: December 1975

Contents:
Shadowplay by Steve Englehart, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer (Dr. Strange #11)
Death Stalks The Demolition Derby by Gary Friedrich, Jim Mooney & Vince Colletta (Ghost Rider #4)

The poster for this issue was of Spider-man and Dr Doom. The price sticker on this scan shows the hard to find 'Heritage' series of Newtons. The 'Heritage' series was merely a repackaging of the left over and returned Newton comics. The comics were gathered up, a new (usually lower) price sticker was placed over the old price and the comics sent back out into the marketplace.

#10

Date: January 1976

Contents:
Final Curtain by Steve Englehart, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer (Dr. Strange #12)
Death Stalks The Demolition Derby by Gary Friedrich, Jim Mooney & Vince Colletta (Ghost Rider #4)

The poster in this issue was of Conan. This was the last issue of the series released and as no more of this series ever turned up in any further Newton it's safe to assume that this also marked the last of the Dr Strange material that Newton had on hand. Indeed all that remained to be printed was the left over earlier stories done by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko.

GIANT MAN/DR STRANGE nn

Date: early to mid 1976

Contents:
The Pincers Of Power by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Strange Tales #140)
Let There Be Victory by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Strange Tales #141)
Those Who Would Destroy Me by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Strange Tales #142)
With None Beside Me by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko (Strange Tales #143)
Trapped By The Porcupine by Stan Lee & Dick Ayers (Tales To Astonish #53)
Trapped By The Porcupine Part 2 by Stan Lee & Dick Ayers (Tales To Astonish #53)
No Place To Hide by Stan Lee & Don Heck (Tales To Astonish #54)
On The Trail Of The Human Top by Stan Lee & Dick Ayers (Tales To Astonish #55)
On The Trail Of The Human Top Part 2 by Stan Lee & Dick Ayers (Tales To Astonish #55)

This book gathered up the remaining Dr Strange stories that Newton had at hand. Those stories were then placed into this book, which saw Giant Man take the cover in a series of slightly altered images from various interior panels. As covers go it's very effective and marked one of the few times that Giant Man was given a book (albeit shared) where he had cover haeadlining status.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like the coloring on some of these covers. Very appropriate for Dr. Strange. Thanks again for sharing.

BTW, I picked up your Andru and Esposito book this afternoon. I'm looking forward to a good read!

Nick Caputo

Danny said...

Glad you found a copy of the book Nick. I'm hoping to buy a copy myself today so I can have a look at it (I've yet to see one and have no idea what's in it - long story).

Anonymous said...

Danny,

Did you pick out all the art used in the book? There are a few listed as Esposito inks that I could swear are Giacoia, or at least an Esposito/Giacoia combo. I'll let you know which ones if you're interested.

Nick Caputo

Danny said...

Nick - I had absolutely no input into the Andru & Esposito book other than mny original text being chopped up and watered down to what you read now. I had nothing to do with the art that was used.

Neil A. Hansen said...

Hi, I just picked up this comic recently from eBay. You may also wish to note that the reprints seem to come from old Odham's reprints from the UK -- sich as Terrific and Pow -- as evidenced by the Terrific text on one page, and the Giant-Man Part 2 I think on the The Trapped by The Porcupine story. I deducted this through research I did on a Marvel Origins comic book I researched on the Australian reprints site.