May 6, 2010

Unusual Tales - What Are The Flying Saucers?





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

From Charlton's OUTER SPACE #19 [1958] comes the 5-page "What Are The Flying Saucers?".  Not really a story but a survey of UFO sightings, ending with the 1952 Sutton Monster, which seems to be better known as the Flatwood Monster these days.  Ditko's visualization of that one is actually a bit of a let-down, when compared to the great image he has on the first page.  That ominous bit on the bottom of page 2 is also really good.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Check out the great book of 1970s Charlton reprints
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Lots of back issues available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Reprint of some classic Kraven stories on the way
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 Roswell size.

 
 

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