May 16, 2010

Unusual Tales - Where Is Kubar?

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

From Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #6 [1957] comes the 5-page "Where Is Kubar?".

It's an amusing little story about an attempt to construct a bridge in India running into trouble from some local superstition.  Ditko does a really good job with the characters, and there are a lot of really good visual tricks to make the story interesting.  Definitely an above average story for work of this era.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Classic MR. A work in a superior edition to the high-priced originals
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
All things Ditko delivered to your mailbox by federal employees
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Okay, we got the Creeper, where's The Hawk and The Dove?
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. Take a gander again at the splash panel!
    The boss's question is answered before the actual story begins!

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  3. Bob I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award:

    I'm a lifelong Ditko fan and really appreciate the quality of the scans of these old Ditko shorts that you put on your blog, plus all the other Ditko-related news. Thanks!

  4. I want to nominate Bob, also.
    I too am grateful for these stories. They take me back to a better time.
    How does one go about it?