August 22, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Strange Guests Of Tsarus

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

"The Strange Guests Of Tsarus" is another 6-page Ditko story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #3 [1957].

Science fiction adventure in the far off future this time, though oddly on the first page they're writing a report on what appears to be a manual typewriter.  Anyway, when the reports coming from an explorer sent to a new planet found beyond Saturn don't add up, Dr. Kyle Duran and his assistant Verna go out themselves to investigate. Ditko seemed to do a bunch of these one-shot space adventure stories that seemed to be setting up "Buck Rogers" style adventurers that never continued beyond the first story, as far as I know.  Some good artwork in here in a classic sci-fi mode.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
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Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
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Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
THE CREEPER complete Ditko hardcover now available
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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