Introducing Newton Comics

Newton Comics was a short-lived range of Marvel reprints produced in 1975 and 1976 as part of an excentric publishing empire based around Maxwell Newton's six year run on the trashy tabloid, the Melbourne Sunday Observer.

When publisher Gordon Barton abandoned his Observer in 1971, Newton quickly put out a replacement through Regal Press. The comics were part of a range of magazines and external jobs that kept the presses running throughout the week, not just the two days needed for the Sunday Observer. Other projects included teen mags such as Scream and Sweet, entertainment publications National Tattler and TV Guide, and the pornographic Pleazure, Eros and Kings Cross Whisper.

The comics range started well in 1975, with a massive marketing campaign and a regular range of core Marvel titles, including Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Avengers, Incredible Hulk and an edition of Planet of the Apes, then a popular TV series. By the end of the year, Newton's poor business practices led to a chaotic schedule and its eventual demise.

Publisher trade names

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  Trade name Titles Issues Indexed Covers
Australia Newton Comics Pty. Ltd.
1975 – 1976
45 (45 comics) 174 (174 comics) 19.0 % (33 of 174) 96.0 % (167 of 174)