April 24, 2009

It Stalks the Public Domain - Day of Reckoning

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So, did you know that in his first year at Charlton Ditko did stories called "Dead Right", Dead Reckoning" and "Day of Reckoning". That's just asking for confusion, isn't it? Hopefully I got them right...

"Day of Reckoning" is a 6-page story of maritime horror from THE THING #15 [July 1954]. Pretty standard story about a miserly ship-builder who tries to cheat some workers, gets entombed in his ship, vowing revenge, and then then we see how the three killers get their comeuppance.

Some great looking period-piece artwork in here, with lots of ships and pirates to draw. Of particular note, the panel I chose for the close-up here of the man having his mouth stitched shut is an especially gory moment among Ditko's early work. And kind of looks like something Steve Bissette would draw...

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