August 2, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Night Was Strange

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

"The Night Was Strange" is a 4-page Ditko story from Charlton's THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #16 [1958]. It was reprinted twice by Charlton in GHOST MANOR #76 [1984] and in TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #15 [1985] (in the latter the host Dr. Haunt is redrawn to look like the Mysterious Traveler).

An entertaining little science fiction tale from the early days of the space-race, with an astronaut returning from a two-year voyage in space to find a very different world.  An interesting little twist at the end, and Ditko's rendering of the strange architecture is top-notch.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Many great books available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Bi-monthly and packed with rare art, fan art and articles, delivered to your door
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Copies of Ditko's Spider-Man pencils in softcover Masterworks
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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