December 4, 2009

Unusual Tales - His Fate




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


"His Fate" is a 4-page story from Charlton's THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #12 [1957].  It's a little bit of a goofy story with an overly dramatic story about the star of the ventriloquist act Nip and Tuck, with pretty much the twist ending you'd expect when you're told a story about a ventriloquist has a twist ending.

Lots of interesting Ditko touches.  The design of the characters is nice, from the ventriloquist and his dummy to the beautiful woman who serves as the catalyst for the tragedy, and the images of Dr. Haunt ripping through the page as he tells the story provides some nice visuals.  The first page does read a bit confusing, I'd be interested in how many people read the words on that in the right order the first time they look at it.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Get Ditko straight from the source
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue on 1960s Marvel now available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Wow, it's been a big year for Ditko reprints
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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1 comment:

  1. fairly predictable story, but still enjoyable.of particular interest is panel 4,page 2:the "floating heads" image is a theme that Ditko will return to time and time again through out his entire career.it would be interesting to find his first published example of the "floating heads".

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