May 30, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Mountain That Was



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

From Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #11 [1959] comes the 5-page "The Mountain That Was".

An average little story about two men climbing Mount Everest, and finding some strange alien creatures up there.  Not really among Ditko's most inspired designs of either aliens or spaceships.

The use of inset panels, especially in the layout of page 4, is kind of unusual and a nice way to add some visual flair to the story.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
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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