July 7, 2010

Unusual Tales - Will Power

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

"Will Power" is a 3-page story that Charlton published in UNUSUAL TALES #8 [1957], and later reprinted in SCARY TALES #41 [1983]. If you don't have either of those handy, it's down the page a bit.

Nice little fantasy story about love and obsession and will, with a lot of nice things for Ditko to draw in the few pages.  I really like his textures on the statue, and the storytelling on the last page, with the business with the flower and the lead-up to the reveal at the end is really good.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Lots of great stuff available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue, focus on later Marvel work, coming this month
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Complete Spider-Man now in softcover Marvel Masterworks volumes
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

Enlarge images by using all your will power.  Or click on them, whatever works for you...

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