April 9, 2010

Unusual Tales - Mystery From Mars

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

From Charlton's STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #39 [1958] comes the 5-page "Mystery From Mars".

A nice goofy story about a funny looking Martian brought to Earth by an unmanned rocket.  Ditko's take on the alien is great, and he sells the twist at the end nicely.  

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
1999 160-PAGE PACKAGE still available, a huge chuck of then-new Ditko
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Always good reading
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Lots of 1950s public domain reprints from various publishers out there, none with this story yet
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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