Last week I introduced a new series called the Collected Classics Wishlist where I bring up classic comic runs from the past that I think should be collected in a hard cover. At the end of the article I asked for suggestions for other such collections and Reno and Trey both nominated the Gerry Conway/Don Newton Return of the New Gods series from 1978.
Here is my cover for such an edition.
Because buying comics from Spinner Racks was such a haphazard affair back in the 70's, I missed out on most of this run, only picking up the DC First Issue Special and the very last issue. Apparently, I missed 5 other issues with artwork by Mike Vosburg and Rich Buckler as well as Newton.
The career of Don Newton is one of those sad stories in comics in that I think that poor health, distance from New York and an untimely death at the age of 50 kept him from being a bigger star in the industry. Some of his best remembered work was on this New Gods series as well as his classic work on DC's Captain Marvel and his long run on the Batman series.
As Trey mentioned last week, this run is most likely not considered part of DC Continuity anymore, but the Don Newton artwork inked by Joe Rubinstein in makes it well worth collecting!