October 22, 2009

Unusual Tales - The Careless Man

"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.

"The Careless Man" is a 2-page story from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #11 [1959]. Apparently Dr. Haunt is putting in some overtime as host of this one, in addition to his regular gig in THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED.

The story is about a failed man named Miller, who has gotten fired from various jobs for being careless. He decides to turn to the mystic realm to satisfy his thirst for vengeance, digging out a book of Egyptian spells he had handy to summon a genie (I think someone was playing mix and match with mythologies there).  The title kind of points the way to why that turns out the way it did...

Simple little story, but a few interesting visuals, like the image of Dr. Haunt on the bottom of the first page, the close-up of the candle and the neat little shading effect on the genie.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
MR. A reprint on the way
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
#75 now available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
THE CREEPER coming in 2010
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from
(scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies)

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