November 2, 2009

Unusual Tales - The Man Who Could Never Be Killed



"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.  Earlier stories in "It Stalks the Public Domain".


STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #31 [1957] is the source for the 6-page "The Man Who Could Never Be Killed". A cute little story about a reporter trying to figure out the secret behind a circus performer with the unwieldy name "Invulnerno" who walks through fire and is befriended by wild animals.  The working theory is that he's from outer space. I was guessing something different, and the ending is even stranger than my theory. Let's just say they seemed to be working hard to welcome their Comics Code overlords.

The circus animals in a few panels are nice, as usual, and Invulnerno's face is a nice Ditko type.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
MR. A due any day 
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Bi-monthly Ditko in your mailbox
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Seriously, WHAT IF CLASSIC?? Volume 6???
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from
(scans in this series generally adapted to my weird personal tastes from those copies)

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1 comment:

  1. I'm delighted it's now in the public domain, I grew up reading the reprints that were published in the 1980s. Many thanks for sharing.

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