May 26, 2009

It Stalks the Public Domain - Dead Right

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Oh, this is a sweet bit of early Ditko from Charlton's STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #18 [1954]. The 6-page "Dead Right" features a reporter and photographer visiting the London home of a man named Mr. Mord, who creates grotesque wax heads of notorious killers. One head in particular horrifies the reporter, who has his photographer secretly snap a picture of it, which leads him to discover Mord's secret.

Ditko really knocks this one out of the park, from the creepy heads to the Mr. Mord's ever-present cat to the murder scene to the scarred face. Definitely one of my favourites from the era.

The usual links:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Subscribe to DITKOMANIA
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from

  
 

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