June 13, 2010

Unusual Tales - Father, Help Me

"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] is the 4-page story "Father, Help Me".  The story hasn't been reprinted since Charlton's MONSTER HUNTERS #14 [1978].

This story has a great first page.  That top tier is some good clear silent storytelling, with the sound effect working well with the artwork.  The way the title and art work together in the middle is clever and eye-catching and that large panel is just a beautifully render bit of body language and period clothing. The rest of the story doesn't quite live up to that first page, but it's solid with some good use of shadows. The twist ending is really a bit out of left field, but in a good way.

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