Quasar didn't have Newstand Editions? Then what are these?
Those are definitely newsstand editions.
Here's the thing, though: There is ample precedent for Marvel canceling a title to the newsstand market, but continuing to produce the title for the comics-shop market. It happened (IIRC) with three titles at the same time: Moon Knight, Ka-Zar,
with issues dated early 1982. And it kept on happening after that, with many other titles.
Also keep in mind that, when Quasar
#32 was published, Marvel seems to have had three distribution channels available to it, not just two. In addition to newsstand and direct, there seems to have been a channel (Thundercron has proposed that this channel distributed to bookstores like B Dalton and Waldenbooks) in which titles carried newsstand-style barcodes, but did NOT carry the CCC symbol (two small Cs inside one larger C) that identified a comic as returnable to Curtis Circulation Company. It's hard to know whether Quasar
was being distributed by this third channel, because there are no newsstand cover scans of any issue of Quasar
#s 17–31 on either GCD's site or on Mile High's (nor do I have any of these issues in my collection).
My guess is that by #32, Quasar was either direct-only or (considering the UPC placeholders on covers of #s 17–31), more likely, distributed to the direct market AND to the third channel market. The same logic about story continuity applies, though. If "Operation: Galactic Storm" was crossing over from Curtis-distributed titles to a title (Quasar
) with more limited distribution, then readers buying comics at Curtis-served outlets might not have access to the entire story. By publishing Curtis-style newsstand variants of #s 32–34, and by having those issues distributed by Curtis, Marvel could ensure that the entire story would be available to the largest number of readers.
But that is a guess. I would definitely like to have more facts. Perhaps this forum will, in time, provide those facts.