December 19, 2009

Unusual Tales - Menace From The Moon

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

"Menace From The Moon" is a 5-page story from Charlton's SPACE ADVENTURES #26 [1958], and it seeks to explain the great Luna/Atlantis atomic war, shamefully absent from most approved textbooks.  If we don't learn the lessons of history, we're doomed to repeat it, people!

Anyway, cute little story, Ditko's design of the Lunar city on the first panel is nice, and the six-panel depiction of the final battle on the last page, with no characters, is quite memorable.  I also really like the resigned look on the face of the leader of Atlantis on page 4.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Waiting for news on the next new release
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Order a set, hours of fun reading
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

Click images to moon-size.

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