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became a serious comic book fan in the later years of
the 1960's and the early 1970's. At that time comic fandom was a rich and vital
sub-culture. There were a multitude of comic fanzines to choose from at that time
featuring the work of an army of young fan artists, many of whom would soon "turn
pro." My major fanzine fix was sated by the publications of the SFCA,
which stood for the Science Fiction and Comics Association. The SFCA was run by a comic
fan named G.B. Love of Miami, Florida. G.B. published the Rocket's Blast &
ComicCollector or the RBCC as everyone called it. At the time it
was the premiere fanzine in the country. Each thick issue was chocked full of articles and
columns on the history of comics and the great illustrators of the past, ads for other
fanzines, ads where people sold old comic books, and fan artwork. The RBCC gave me my
first taste of the art of Don Newton. It was love at first sight.
|The RBCC #95
||The RBCC #89
||The RBCC #106
||The RBCC #90
||The RBCC #82
|The RBCC #110
||The RBCC #87
||The RBCC #84
||The RBCC #104
|This is a wonderful photo of Don's long
time friend and DC letterer, John Clark, Don himself, the legendary
G.B. Love, and Jim Van Hise at the Multicon '70 in Oklahoma City. Note
that Don is showing off two paintings, one of which is the cover of the
RBCC #76 above.
you can see above, Don was a featured artist in the RBCC doing many covers. My particular favorite is the cover of
issue #82, the Hawkman piece. I had always like the Joe
Kubert version of Hawkman, but Don's was a unique reinterpretation of the Hawkman
character. Don's Hawkman was a rediscovery of the initial concept, "He battles
evil that grows in the present with his great collection of weapons of the past! "
I remember the day that issue arrived. I just stared at it for hours. Unlike some artists
who seemed restrained by black and white work, Don excelled at using detailed penwork to
define texture and lighting and to set the mood. The cover to the RBCC #95 (above) is
scanned from the original artwork and our thanks to Scott Moore for providing the
Besides covers, Don also did interior
illustrations for the RBCC. His painting of Thor, God of
Thunder graced the inside back cover of the RBCC #86. Most of the time Don interior
illustrations were pen and ink, such as his H. P. Lovecraft pieces in the RBCC #81 and #84
or his Two-Face in issue #74, Catwoman in #78 or Lex Luthor in issue #79, all
three done for the "Masters of Evil" series. Don
also did a piece for a rather odd series in the RBCC called "Golden Gold,
Re-creations of the Greatest Comic Covers and Scenes of the Golden Age."
Don's contribution appeared in the RBCC #72 and was a very nice painting
recreating the cover of Captain America #14.
three pieces for the "Masters of Evil" series in the RBCC. His
Catwoman is one of my favorites. The Luthor illustration was the first Don
Newton art I ever saw.
Don was also a mainstay in the
other publications of the SFCA. I guess G.B. Love was the guy that discovered Don, though
a talent like his was not going to stay hidden for long. Don had a number of styles that
he employed. Don's first published work for fandom was the back cover of Fantasy
Soundtrack #1. This was another SFCA publication, a rather odd SFCA
publication, really a 14-page ad for audio tapes of science-fiction
soundtracks that G. B. Love was selling. Mostly
they were of old movies and serials, but they also included a couple of TV shows
as well. Don's back cover was a pen and ink
illustration of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on an alien planet. The scan I have
her is from Don's own copy of the fanzine and he has re-inked part of the
figures so this version is unlike the actual printed version.
For the Illustrated Comic Collectors
Handbook Vol. 4, Don combined a light and breezy brush stroke with some tight pen
work to create 14 black and white illustrations of super heroes of the past, while the center spread of the book was an acrylic painting by Don of a
cloaked character with a slouch hat and gun (most likely the Shadow), which although
printed in black and white has the look of a color piece to me. These are some
really cool Newton pieces and I am reprinting all of them here. The Hood piece
below is scanned from the original art which, I'm happy to say, comes from my
own private collection. The Illustrated Comic
Collectors Handbook was a great way for comic fandom newbies to catch up on the heroes of
old and the Newton art in volume 4 was a true delight.
The Fandom Annual
# 2 was a feast for Newton fans. It featured a portfolio of three pieces by Don (one acrylic, one pen and ink and
one Captain Marvel piece represented here in mixed media
showing Captain Marvel and the six gods that make up the word SHAZAM and give Cap his
wonderful pen and ink version of Simon and Kirby's Guardian, kickin' butt and takin' names! It's like an Eisner
super-hero, with Adams' foreshortening. The shadow work on this thing is spot on. I love the guy in the suit,
obviously the boss, raising his gun, and the assortment of thugs; the guy in the headlock is great and the one
getting kicked, wearing sneakers, the loot in the shadows and the two hot light sources.
This acrylic painting of the Fighting Yank
was also seen in the Newton Portfolio. In fact the printing is a little worse this time out, so we are
showing you the Portfolio version here.
||Don's amazing mixed media take on Captain
Marvel and the gods who make up Shazam! To me this is, along with the origin story presented in
The Rocket's Blast Special #8, the
"full Newton," the way Don would have preferred to draw Captain Marvel, had DC let him. It would have been a totally different
Cap than we ended up with.
The Fandom Annual # 2 also
published an 18-page strip written and drawn by Don called "The
Savage Earth." As far as I know, this was Don's first strip, and not
surprisingly, it featured the things that Don did best: jungles and caves and explosions
and fire, and lots and lots of figures and faces. Particularly nice is Don's use of
extreme light sources, such as campfires, explosions, fiery infernos, and the blast of a
good death-ray pistol to create stark contrasts between light and dark. "The Savage
Earth," produced over a period stretching from 1968-1970, serialized in the
pages of the RBCC, and gave us all an idea of what
kind of talent Don had in his possession.
|Three scenes from
Don's wonderful strip "The Savage Earth" where his spectacular use of heavy
light sources creates such amazing depth. Click on any of the scenes to see a more
For the Golden Age #3,
published in 1968, Don did three pieces. The three-color front cover featured The Crimson
Kid and the Red Wrath, two characters that Don created when he was a child. The black and
white back cover, called "The Great Comic in the Sky" featured Skyman, Airboy,
Bulletman, Target, Spy Smasher, Cat Man, Daredevil and the Black Terror listening to
Captain Marvel tell a tale from his glorious past. Don's third piece, in a totally
different style if for an article by Tom Fagan called "The 41 battles of Harvey
Kurtzman." these three pieces show that even in early 68, Don had many unique styles
in which he was proficient.
|A very EC/Jack
Davis feel to this article illo about EC's Kurtzman.
||There is a much
more traditional feel to Don's wonderful cover art.
cover is more in the whimsical 40's style popular with Captain Marvel.
||Letter from Don
to Howard Siegel where he fesses up about the Red Wrath and the Crimson Kid.
Don did a lot of work for the Golden
Age. Issue #4 featured an unusual Newton cover in a very unusual style. It
features a character called Blacklok and is from an unsold adventure newspaper
strip that Don created in 1967. You can read more about Don's foray into
newspaper strips on the Newspaper page of this
site. The center spread of the
issue is a different story a beautiful painting of Spy Smasher, printed in black and
white. This issue is from the summer of 1969.
|An unusual piece for the
cover of the Golden Age #4.
||A wonderful black and white
painting in the center spread of the book displays Don's emerging painting style.
The winter of 1969 saw the publication of the
Golden Age #5 which contained a number of Newton treats. First off was a
front cover by Don of a hero battling a dragon while a lovely woman looks on. If the hero
had worn glasses I would think this was Freeze from the Savage Earth as Don was doing the
Savage Earth at this time. On page 8 Don provides an illustration for an article on Top
Notch Comics of The Firefly. The center spread of the book is also by Don and features
Catman. Finally, Don also provided an illustration of Batman and Robin for an article by
Howard Siegel entitled "In Retrospect." This issue also features an early piece
by Rich Buckler and a back cover of Hawkman by John Adkins Richardson that is very nice.
|The cover of The Golden Age
#5 seems to be inspired by The Savage Earth.
||A beautiful Catman center
spread is the highlight of the issue.
||Don does a Golden Age
Batman and robin,
||Don's interpretation of the
Firefly, from Top Notch Comics.
The Golden Age #7, published in 1971
is a treasure-trove of Newton art. It contains another three piece portfolio by Don, this
time of characters from Fox Comics. All are done in pen and ink beginning with a really
striking Blue Beetle piece, the Beetle smashing through the cover of a Fox comic book. The
two other pieces each feature two heroes, the Dart and U.S. Jones look on as three thugs
make a getaway from Harry's cocktail lounge, and the Flame and V-Man walk away after
leaving three culprits tied-up on the steps of the police station. Don also has another
piece in a portfolio of different artists called Golden Age Greats. Don's contribution is
a wonderful black and white action piece of the Black Terror,
which is really well done. The book is capped off by a beautiful full color, wrap-around
painting by Don of Tarzan, kneeling on a large tree branch,
shooting a bow and arrow. Still early in Don's career as a painter, but this one is a gem,
from the lush greens of Tarzan's jungle home to the scorching yellow of the sky. I love
The Cover of The Golden Age #7 a
beautiful wrap-around painting of Tarzan.
The striking first page of the Fox Portolio, The Blue Beetle smashing through the cover of a Fox comic book.
The Dart and U.S. Jones about to stop a heist at Harry's.
The Flame and V-Man deliver the bad guys.
Don's also appeared in another SFCA publication, Collage #15, January 1972. Don's
piece was a centerspread, a very nice illustration of Fawcett Comics' Ibis. Collage, was an interesting
experiment by G. B. Love into rapid fanzine production. Produced bi-weekly Collage always had the latest in comic news, but
also carried a number of great columns, like Jim Van Hise's "Days of Valor" and "The Williamson Collector" and Byron Preiss's
The centerspread of Collage #15 a
beautiful illustration of Fawcett's Ibis.
Another SFCA publication that Don did covers
for was The Golden Age Collector. This was a great fanzine series that
featured full stories from the golden age, by the likes of Reed Crandall, Mac Raboy, Lou
Fine, and Basil Wolverton, some printed from the original artwork. Given the nature of the
magazine, the only new artwork appeared on the covers. Don did the covers for at least the
first three issues. I think these cover are exceptional examples of Newton art. Issue 1 in
1972 features a wonderful cover of Steel Sterling
leaping at Baron Gestapo. This one seems to be very much a Newton "fan" piece;
it has the feel of Kirby, Steranko and Colan. For issue 2 Don turned in a beautiful pen and ink job, featuring a character I do not
recognize being attacked by what appears to be vampire cave creatures (our copy here is
scanned from an enlargement of the original). Issue 3 sports a wonderful rendition of Firebrand that is a Newton classic. Don captures the
essence of the Reed Crandall art inside, but imbues it with the Newton magic; the
wonderful anatomy, the textured inks, the grace and style that was Don Newton at his best.
Sterling cover has very much the feel of Kirby, Steranko, and Colan
penwork highlights this cover for The Golden Age Collector #2
||A favorite of
mine is this beautiful Firebrand cover.
It is no big secret that Don Newton was a big Captain
Marvel fan. If you've already checked out Don's superb Captain Marvel costume on the
"Who Was Don Newton?" page, or Don's RBCC ad where he
was willing to trade paintings for Captain Marvel memorabilia (on the same page), you know
what I mean. In later years Don would draw Captain Marvel for DC in the pages of World's
Finest Comics, but before that came The Rocket's Blast Special #8.
wonderful 5-color cover to the Rocket's Blast Special #8 is hand colored
over a painted illustration.
Don poured his heart into this one. The book contained three, very detailed pen and ink
drawing by Don, a two page strip, retelling Captain Marvel's origin, and a 5-color
first published strip featuring Captain Marvel is this beautiful two page
retelling of his origin from the Rocket's Blast Special #8. Contrast this
Cap to the one Don would draw almost a decade later at DC. I think this is
the best version of Cap that Don ever did, but that's just my opinion.
As you can see, Don was using an overly detailed style on his
Captain Marvel illustrations. This is quite a different style than Don would employ years
later at DC. But notice how even with this drastic departure from the normal Captain
Marvel style, the essence of Cap is still there.
used a totally unique, super- detailed style on this Captain Marvel figure
on the inside front cover.
illustration of Captain Marvel's arch enemy Mr. Mind and some of the
Monster Society of Evil is also done in a realistic style
evil Dr. Sivana is another example of beautiful Newton black and white
In 1973 Don was part of another SFCA
publication called Sword and Fantasy, which reprinted fantasy
illustrations from other SFCA books into a large coated-stock portfolio. Three pieces by
Don were reprinted here, his cover from the Golden Age 5, and two H.P. Lovecraft
illustrations from the RBCC. Sword of Fantasy also contains some wonderful work by
Frazetta, Wrightson, Corben, Kline, Juanillo, Crandal, Finlay, Wood, and Bok.
|A very nice illustration by
Don of H. P. Lovecraft's "The Dweller."
||A sequence from H. P.
Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" is a very dynamic piece by Don. Both Lovecraft
illustrations first appeared in issues of the RBCC.
A digression here for a moment to talk about Don and his
strive for perfection, even in his fandom work. I wanted to do this here because I own a piece that Don worked on and
then rejected in no uncertain terms. The reason I do it here is, well, see that "The Call of Cthulhu" piece above? That was not Don's first 'cut' at that scene.
|This is Don's first take on H. P.
Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu." It is not in great shape and you really need to click
on it to view the big picture and see the detail in the blue pencil.
||This is the version of H. P.
Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" as it first appeared in the RBCC #84.
I've actually done quite a bit of 'reconstructiong' on Don's original take
on "The Call of Cthulhu." Don really seemed to dislike this original composition. If you want to know how badly he
disliked it you can click here to see the piece as I bought it and how it sits in my collection.
Personally, I like the grittier inking style Don was starting to employ on the
original piece, than the more standard inking style he eventually used. You can
see that style plainly in the detail below:
|I love the stippled effect on this detail from Don's first take on H. P.
Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu." It wasn't a style he used often, but it sure looked wonderful here. Don't forget to click the image
to view it in super detail.
The SFCA also produced a series
of high-quality black and white reproductions of what they called classic comic
art. The series, called "Classic
Reproductions," featured the work of John G. Fantucchio, John Adkins
Richardson, Robert Kline, Frank Frazetta and Don. Six of the seventeen pieces
were by Don. The ad for the series featured a
Superman piece by Don that I have never seen elsewhere and that was not a part
of the series itself.
|The ad for Classic Reproductions
features a Superman piece by Don.
Don did some work for comic
conventions in the early 70's. In the RBCC#80 the ad for the Miami Con 2
of 1971 contains a wonderful illustration by Don of Flash
Gordon. The ad mentions that the convention program book would have artwork by Don and
In 1971 Don also was a special
Guest of Honor at the Houstoncon. The program for that
convention had a full page on Don and displayed
the Captain Marvel illustration from the inside front cover of
the Rocket's Blast Special #8. I have Don's own copy of the program and,
as he was sometimes known to do, Don went over the art at a later
date and improved it. What you see below is the detail from the original
Rocket's Blast Special followed by the version printed in the program which was
later augmented with additional inks by Don.
|The inside front cover to the Rocket's
Blast Special #8 as it originally appeared.
||From Don's personal copy of the
Houstoncon '71 program, augmented by Don's own inks.
Ten issues later RBCC#90 would feature an ad for the 1972 Phoenix Con which also features some
Newton art. As you've no doubt read elsewhere on this site, Don lived in Phoenix and was
intimately involved in this convention. The ad mentions that Don's time was going to be
auctioned off and that the winner could have Don draw whatever they wished. The ad when on
to say that Don was also in charge of the art contest and that you could write Don for
details. Don also did two pieces for the interior of the Phoenix Con Program.
|Don did these two
illustrations for the interior of the Phoenix Con '72 Program. It was at this convention
that Don met C C Beck, creator of Captain Marvel. Don would later collaborate with CC for
National Lampoon and on a number of stories for Captain Marvel that almost saw print..
For the 1973 Houstoncon, of which he was
special guest of honor, Don did the cover to their convention program as well as four
caricatures of other special guests. The cover is really great, Superman carrying
two comic fans to the convention is the main focus, but in the background are a
number of characters: The Spectre, Captain Marvel, Bulletgirl, Captain America,
the Sub-Mariner, The Shadow, Tarzan, Green lantern, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck,
The Flash, Hawkman, Batman and the Phantom. The program also
contains a Captain Marvel illustration from Rocket's Blast
Special #8 and the cover to the RBCC #99. The
caricatures inside are in a unique style, very reminiscent of his work a couple
of years later at Charlton on "The Treasure Seekers," which appeared
in The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves #45.
played Superman and Blackhawk in the Republic serials of the 1940's.
played Billy Batson in "The Adventures of Captain Marvel," 1940.
wonderful cover to the 1973 Houstoncon program.
Benedict acted in "The Adventures of Captain Marvel" and
numerous other serials and films.
actor and stuntman extraordinaire worked on many Republic serials and
From all of the beautiful work Don did for
the SFCA, to his work for conventions, to his creation of his Captain Marvel costume, it
is clear that Don Newton was a comic fan first, and a comic artist second. And his love of
and appreciation of comics would show through in the years to follow as Don made the
transition from comic fan to comic professional, first at Charlton and then at DC.
Besides his convention work,
Don did work for fandom publishers other than the SFCA One of those other
publishers was Titan Publications of Richardson Texas, publisher of Titan
Comics and this is such a strange little tale that I think it deserves a page
of it's own on this site.
Another of those other
fanzines was the Comic Crusader. Issue #8 featured a cover by Don of the
Marvel character Yellowjacket duking it out with a mad scientist. In the background you
see Capt. America trapped in a sphere.
Yet another fanzine publisher that scored some Newton work was Joseph Krolik,
whose Styx #2 (1973) featured a centerfold painting of Captain Marvel and Shazam by Don. This is another one of those black and
white fanzine paintings by Don that you would just love to see in color as Don intended.
|A lot of Don's fanzine paintings were actually color acrylics and lost so much
of their feel when printed in black and white, such as this centerspread from Styx #2
Don did work in a couple of issues
of Alan Light's All Dynamic Magazine in 1970. In the double issue 5*6 Don did
a wonderful centerspread of Tarzan. Of this piece in the next issue
fan-turned-pro Dan Adkins would write, "...My favorite
drawing in this issue of DYNAMIC was the Newton centerspread.
He's very knowledgeable about what he's doing."
|Don did this wonderful
Tarzan centerspread for Alan Light's All Dynamic Magazine in 1970.
Don also worked for publisher Bill
Schelly and his fanzine, Sense of Wonder. Don did a Spirit illustration
in issue #11 and two pieces for issue #12. This
was a really great little fanzine, nicely printed and just chocked full of
interesting stuff. Don's contributions are a black and white cover of Yarmak, an
Australian Tarzan imitation. Don also provided an interior illustration of
Yarmak for an article by John Ryan. The book also features articles on Jack
Kirby, Stanley Pitt, Will Eisner and an article
on Gene Autry comics by Russ
|Don did these two
illustrations for Sense of Wonder #12. This is not Don's original cover for
this issue. That cover was ruined in a flood of Don's Phoenix home in
1972. Not only did Don replace the ruined cover, he added the interior
illustration as well.
Another fan publisher Don did work for was
William Black's Paragon Publications. Black published a number of books on a wide range of
topics. He was a big fan of Saturday matinee western heroes, Captain Marvel, and his own
stable of superheroes. I'm not sure of where all the artwork Don did for Paragon was
actually printed, but I do know a few of the places. One was Black's flagship book, Paragon
Magazine. Don had an illustration of the Lt., Marvels, inked by Black, in the
April 1973 issue #5.Another couple of pieces Don did for Paragon were part of a portfolio of
super-heroes, the Golden Age Greats, that Black sold. Don did four
illustrations in all for that book, three inked by publisher William Black and
the other inked by Don. My favorite of the four is the beautiful Hawkman that
Don inked himself. Once again, Don evokes
a different Hawkman than you are used to seeing; the feeling from the piece is more
earthy, more brutal than your normal Hawkman. When I recently bought Don's own
copy of the Golden Age Greats I noticed that he had re-inked parts of the
Hawkman figure, so we present that version of the piece as well.
illustration of Billy Batson and the Lt. Marvels is from Paragon #5. Black's inks are only
illustration of Dr. Midnight also inked by Bill Black is from
Paragon's Golden Age Greats Portfolio published in 1971.
also inks this Captain Midnight/Spy Smasher illustration
from the same portfolio.
Hawkman is penciled and inked by Don and is from the same portfolio.
copy of the Hawkman is from Don's own copy of the Portfolio and
has been re-inked in places..
does a much better job of inking this Marvel Family illustration.
Don also did work for fan publisher William
G. Wilson and his fanzine, The Collector. I don't know how much work Don did for Bill Wilson,
only that he did work for at least five issues of the fanzine. In fact, one of
Don's earliest non-SFCA fan pieces appeared as the cover of The Collector
#16, Fall 1969. I believe this cover represents Don's first published
illustration of the character he would draw for six years at DC, Batman. In the
very next issue Don would provide a cover of the Justice Society
|The Cover of The Collector #16
is Don's first published work on Batman.
||The Cover of The Collector #17
displays Don's interest in the Golden Age DC heroes.
Issue #17 was a Don Newton extravaganza! Not only did Don provide the cover
but he provided a page full of photographs, an interview, and three pages of artwork. The
full text of the interview can be found on the Interviews
section of this site. The three pages of illustrations can be
seen below. They range in quality from acceptable to excellent and this is the
only place I know of where more than two panels of Don's Blacklok strip ever
appeared. This issue offers a full page collage of Blacklok panels which I think
are really wonderful. I think the Captain America piece is only passable while
the Captain Marvel piece is very nice and in the style Don used on The Rocket's Blast Special #8.
illustration of Captain America fighting the Red Skull is passable, but not
great Newton work.
all out when he was doing a Captain Marvel piece and this excellent
illustration is no exception.
really love this glimpse of Don's proposed syndicated strip
Don did a piece in issue #26 as part of a Tarzan portfolio. This was around
the time that DC was doing the Tarzan books with Joe Kubert and Kubert and Steve
Fabian both contribute to the portfolio. Don's piece is unusually sparse in
detail, with almost no background what-so-ever. Actually quite a departure from
the work he was doing at the time and not nearly as nice as the Tarzan piece he
had done two years earlier for All Dynamic Magazine.
|Don's Tarzan piece for The
Collector #26 is quite sparse when compared to the centerspread for Alan Light's
All Dynamic Magazine in 1970.
In issue #28, Fall 1973, of The
Collector there is a portfolio called High Dawn II. It is
described as "Concluding a Western Portfolio by DON NEWTON" (High Dawn
I was published in issue #27). High Dawn II consists of eight illustrations by Don presented on five consecutive pages.
The quality is of varying degrees; some are quite nice while others look like very early,
very rough pieces. This issue also contains a back cover of the Shadow by Don which is
reprinted in the interior as part of an article, "Shadow of the Ages," by Murray
entire High Dawn II portfolio from The Collector #28. Some of the pieces seem a lot older
than others. I would guess that some of these were done a whole lot earlier than 1973.
None of the pieces are named or captioned. Don lived n Arizona, and with his obvious
fascination with the western genre, I'm surprised that we never saw a western comic from
Don. Maybe it's just that the timing was bad; westerns were not very popular or plentiful
during Don's time as a pro.
Don did a number of covers for ST
Enterprises for their flagship publication, The Comic Reader (most people
I knew referred to it as TCR). Don's participation with ST lasted
longer than his stint with DC, from November 1974 to June, 1983. During this
time Don did eight covers for TCR and they range in quality from OK to
spectacular. Rather than talk about them. I'll let the artwork speak for itself
(a rarity on this site for sure!):
#112, Don did a cover of Dr. Graves and Baron Weirwulf taken from a
Charlton house ad.
#134 has Don's tribute to the Phantom, just about the time the book was
being cancelled by Charlton.
#146 sports this wonderful Superman artwork, penciled and inked by Don.
Don's inks remind me of Wrightson here.
#175 contains a rare Green Lantern illustration. Don's work on GL at DC
never pertained to the Hal Jordan GL.
#186 has a nice Newton/Adkins Captain Marvel.
#189 has this wonderful Newton/Rubinstein Captain America, another
"Captain" that Don always loved to draw.
#205 back cover sported this wonderful rejected cover for Batman #356 shot
from Don's wonderfully detailed pencils.
#211 back cover featured the return of Donovan Flint and the Star Hunters,
inked by Sam Delarosa.
provided wonderful covers for two issues of the Overstreet Comic Book Price
Guide, comic fandom's unofficial guide to how much your collection is worth
or how much you should pay for that Don Newton classic comic you've seen here
and want so much to own. I've mentioned in other places on this site that books
featuring Don's artwork are not that expensive (I've rarely paid more than $10
for any of the books I have bought in the past five years of finishing of my
Newton collection), but there is one exception to this and that is the
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #4. I've seen this book go for as much as $35
on ebay. This issue features an early take on the Justice Society of America and
may be Don's only attempts at the Spectre, Starman and Mr. Terrific. Of the two
covers I much prefer the cover to #13, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman reading
the Overstreet guide, with its beautiful Joe Rubinstein inks. Just look at the
lushness that Joes embellishment added to the figures and you too can see why he
was Don's favorite inker.
|The Cover of The
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #4 is an early Newton take on
the Justice Society of Amernica.
||The Cover of The Overstreet
Comic Book Price Guide #13 displays the
beautiful Joe Rubinstein inks
appearances in fanzines and magazines did not end with his death. There have been
a number of articles on Don done in recent years in the fan press. Yeah, I wrote
most of them, but hell, someone had to keep Don's name out there. Don was
the cover feature in Aquaman Chronicles #10, July 2003.
The cover was created by Joe Rubinstein, stitching together and inking two
pieces by Don. I wrote the 19-page "The Art of Don newton" which was
followed by a one-page check list of Don's professional comic work. Don was
also cover-featured in Back Issue #19, December 2006. Joe Rubinstein inked the unsed Newton pencils
for the cover of Batman #365. Inside you found a four-page Newton portfolio, my
16-page article "He Showed Us How To Do It Right" and a two-page "Memories of Don
Newton" by Jay Willson. 2007 saw the publication of Roy Thomas's
Alter Ego #64 and featured a Don Newton painting of Captain Marvel Jr and
Captain Nazi on the cover. This painting once belonged to G. B. Love, hanging on
the walls of his office for years, but was eventually sold to Roy Thomas.
|The cover of The
Aquaman Chronicles #10 was created by Joe Rubinstein stitching together and inking two pencil pieces.
||The cover of Back Issue #19 displays even more
beautiful Joe Rubinstein inks over Don's unused Batman #365 cover pencils.
||The cover of Alter Ego #64
features this beautiful Captain Marvel Jr. painting which is part of Roy
Thomas's private collection.
These final pieces of fandom art serve to transition
Don from fan to professional; Howard Siegel's Comic Collector's Comments column
in the RBCC #105 featured a section called "Newton News" which
contained part of a letter from Nicola Cuti at Charlton sharing about Don's first
professional comic work there. The item was accompanied by an illustration of Baron
Weirwulf (to your left), which I don't think ever saw print in a Charlton book, so could be looked upon
as a final piece of Newton fandom artwork. OK, Newton fan extraordinaire,
Carsten Larsen, has located a snippet of this Newton piece on a Williamsune
splash page that appeared in "(Baron Weirwulf's) Haunted
(Library)" # 24, cover-dated November, 1975, so only in this "full
body" form was this piece never published by Charlton. In 1975 ST Enterprises published
a limited edition (2000 copies) Benefit
Portfolio featuring the work of many professional artists. Don provided a
wonderful illustration of Baron Weirwulf (to your right) on page 20.
The early 1970's were a wonderful time for
comic fandom and a big part of that was the fine work of Don Newton. I look back fondly on
these old issues of the RBCC that I have and wish I had collected more. The RBCC always
seemed to hit the right balance between content and ads and a big part of that content was
Don Newton. As the late G.B. Love wrote to me in
1999, "Don has much (if not more) to do with the
success of the RBCC as anybody."
This page is a work in progress and as I am
able to get more of Don's exceptional fandom art scanned and cleaned up I will be
presenting it here.
All of the artwork on this page is copyright
of the SFCA, G.B. Love, the estate of Don Newton, William Black, Bill G.
Wilson, and any other copyright holders I am missing. Special thanks to the late and great G.B. Love for his
kind permission to reprint for all to enjoy Don's fine legacy of fandom art. Thank
All characters and their associated likenesses are copyright
2003 by their respective
The Art of Don Newton
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