May 14, 2010

Unusual Tales - Who Knows?

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

From Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #10 [1958] comes the 5-page "Who Knows?".

The Traveler talks briefly about the increasing skepticism of the modern age, and how people reject old legends, leading to a retelling of the classic tale of the cursed ghost ship the Flying Dutchman, and an ending that doesn't really explain much.

 As usual, Ditko does a great job of bringing the maritime based fantasy to life, this time combined with the usual background images of the Traveler.  Page 2 is especially strong for Ditko's work of this time, for the haunted look in the captain's face.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Retailers interested should contact Robin Snyder for discounts
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Bi-monthly explorations of the fan-tastic
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Lots out there, more every month it seems
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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