Wednesday, January 24, 2007

More Newtons: Thor

Another very short-lived title. The most that was released were the two issues listed plus the one Annual. As was mentioned previously there was a Spider-Man/Thor annual recorded in Newton work records, but I doubt that the information was accurate. Interestingly enough the Annual came before the two regular issues, presumably to test the waters, and sales would have been sufficient to justify the regular title.

Thor stories in the form of Journey Into Mystery material had previously appeared as back-up material in Amazing Spider-Man, from issues #2; #3; #6 to #15 inclusive (see further information below for a more detailed listing). Issue #15 of Amazing Spider-Man was released in December 1975 and the Thor title (January 1976) picked up the story-line from that book. All told newton printed a large amount of Journey Into Mystery/Thor material (approximately twenty two individual stories), probably more than any other character without a regular series. However, as with most of the Newton material, those reprints were done with no logical order for the most part.

THOR ANNUAL (no number)

Date: October 1975

Contents:
The Trial of The Gods by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta (Journey Into Mystery #116)
Into The Blaze Of Battle by Lee, Kirby & Colletta (Journey Into Mystery #117) With My Hammer In My Hand by Lee, Kirby & Colletta (Journey Into Mystery #120)
The Power The Passion The Pride by Lee, Kirby & Colletta (Journey Into Mystery #121)
Where Mortals Fear To Tread by Lee, Kirby & Colletta (Journey Into Mystery #122)
While A Universe Trembles by Lee, Kirby & Colletta (Journey Into Mystery #123)

The annual was unique in that it was actually competing against itself for sales. People could buy the cheaper Spider-Man title if they wanted to get the regular Thor stories, however the annual did contain some classic Thor.

#1

Date: January 1976 (cover dated)

Contents:
Thor Battles The Mysterious Mister Hyde by Stan Lee & Don Heck (Journey Into Mystery #99)
The Master Plan Of Mister Hyde by Lee & Heck (Journey Into Mystery #100)

The first part of this story line had appears in the Silver Surfer Special.

The poster was The Incredible Hulk #12.

#2

Date: February 1976 (cover dated)

Contents:
The Return Of Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby & George Bell (Journey Into Mystery #101)
Slave Of Zarrko, The Tomorrow Man by Lee, Kirby & Chic Stone (Journey Into Mystery #102)

The poster was The Incredible Hulk #12.

From here the title was cancelled along with the other Newton titles when publication ceased for the first time in early 1976. Some titles were re-started, however Thor wasn't one of them. The existing material was instead used in the one shot giant books.

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OTHER NEWTON THOR APPEARANCES
X-Men Special reprinted: Journey Into Mystery #116
Team-Up #2 reprinted: Thor #128; Thor #129; Thor #130
Silver Surfer Special reprinted: Journey Into Mystery #98
Newton Triple Action reprinted: Journey Into Mystery #112
Newton Four-In-One reprinted: Journey Into Mystery #109
Amazing Spider-Man reprinted (Spider-Man issue numbers first):
#2 (Journey Into Mystery #85)
#3 (Journey Into Mystery #90)
#6 (Journey Into Mystery #89)
#8 (Journey Into Mystery #95)
#9 (Journey Into Mystery #95)
#10 (Journey Into Mystery #94)
#11 (Journey Into Mystery #94)
#12 (Journey Into Mystery #96)
#13 (Journey Into Mystery #96)
#14 (Journey Into Mystery #98)
#15 (Journey Into Mystery #98)

2 comments:

robert thomas said...

The Spider-Man/Thor issue mentioned by the Newton staffer could be:

Giant Team Up Annual #1 Dec 1975
and featuring Spider-Man and Thor. Have you ever seen this one?

(Which makes the Team-up issues even more confusing as there are two issue #1's!)

Contents are:

"A Hitch In Time" by Conway and Andru.

"The Man-Killer Moves At Midnight!" by featuring Spider-Man & The Cat (Writer/artist not credited)

"The Tomorrow War!" and "Time Bomb!" by Conway and Andru featruring Spider-Man and Iron Man.

"Them" by Lee & Kirby

Danny said...

Never seen it, never heard of it. Send over a scan when you can and I'll add it to the site. I've already added the stories into the data-base. What was the cover price, the freebies etc etc?

God, each day brings a new Newton doesn't it?