September 30, 2008

It Stalks the Public Domain - Buried Alive

The popular series of early Ditko stories continues. See http://tinyurl.com/ditko-stories for the list.

Ditko's second story for the Simon&Kirby edited anthology published by Prize is "Buried Alive", a 6-page story from BLACK MAGIC #28 [v4n4], dated January-February 1954 (probably on sale around October 16, 1953, according to the pencil notation on my copy). I wrote about the story previously over here. I really like this story, it probably contends with only "Stretching Things" as my favourite of the six known stories Ditko did for publishers other than Charlton in the 1953-1954 era.

As I said before, Ditko really does wear some of his influences on his sleeve with this early work, in particular Eisner in this story.  He was also really into including a level of detail which you don't see as often in his work after a few years, and probably more detail that suited the level of printing of comics from the era.  Anyway, enjoy.

Most scans in this series adapted to my personal tastes from those found, and available for free download with registration, at the Golden Age Comics Download site. To buy Ditko comics and things on paper, go over here for ordering info on some wonderful creator owned material and over here for info on recent and upcoming publications from all publishers.

Comments welcome, and if you have a site of your own I wouldn't mind a link to these posts if you think your readers will enjoy them. I'm more likely to continue them if there's some evidence that people are reading them.

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2 comments:

  1. Sure i'm readin' and diggin' them. I love Ditko

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  2. Bob, you didn't mention this in your previous post about "Buried Alive", but this story draws a lot of its plot from Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher". If you're going to crib, crib from the best! Gorgeous art. Look at all that yellow!

    Love your site!

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