April 18, 2009

It Stalks the Public Domain - Rumpelstiltskin

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The story this time around is the 8-page "Rumpelstiltskin" from Charlton's THE THING #14 [June 1954], the first of four Ditko stories in that issue.  As you'd guess from the title, this is another twisted take on an old fairy tale, just like "Cinderella" two issues earlier.

This one is visually quite a treat, with a lot of different types of demons, some of which I'm sure will remind you of some of Ditko's later work.  The extreme close-ups of the title character in particular are wonderfully creepy, and I especially like the the giant eyes leering over the crystal ball on page 4 panel 2. The actual story has a few lapses, but it does the job of giving Ditko an excuse to draw some weird stuff.

The links, a small price to pay for the story, I'm sure you'll agree:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work, including the new DITKO ONCE MORE
Subscribe to DITKOMANIA, #72 now available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications, including a few newly scheduled ones (Indiana Jones reprints, who knew?)
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from

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