January 12, 2010

Unusual Tales - The First Satellite

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

The 5-page story "The First Satellite" comes from Charlton's SPACE ADVENTURES #25 [1958]. It's an interesting little tale about a war between Earth and Venus which takes an unexpected twist that took me by surprise. One which I'm tempted to spoil right now by making one of several obvious STAR WARS based jokes. Oh, I'll save it for the comments...

Several quality Ditko bits in the art. It's always nice how he comes up with different alien city designs and space-ships for these stories. I especially liked the ships for the big final attack. You'll know what I mean when you see them.

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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  1. What's the STAR WARS joke? First one that comes to mind is "That's no moon...".

    Those magnifying glass ships are neat. I laughed at the reveal.


  2. Yeah, that was it. Either that or a "Long time ago..." gag which would have given away that the story took place in the past.



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