January 31, 2010
Unusual Tales - The Menace Of The Maple Leaves
"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.
Anyway, despite what you might think from the title the story isn't about hockey players, or any kind of Canadians at all. It's about a stand of trees outside a town that are ripe for harvesting for lumber, but which no one will touch, as explained by a story told by an Eisner-esque old man. Hard-nosed businessman Mike Stone isn't buying, of course, with predictable but amusing results.
Couple of really good artistic bits by Ditko here, pay close attention to page 7, which is just wonderfully laid-out, one of my favourite pages from this era (and even including a Ditko signature move, the classic double-take head-turn).
Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
A DITKO ACT TWO out before you know it
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out now, on-going bi-monthly fanzine action
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
The Creeper, including the unpublished issue, out soon
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, site seems to be down right now, back soon I hope
Click images to rain-forest size.