September 7, 2010
Unusual Tales - The Conquered Earth
"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.
The 6-page story "The Conquered Earth" is from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #4 .
Alien invasion time, with a dramatic opening panel of the giant saucers attacking Earth. The hero of this story is Hal Douglas, who gets sent out to meet an alien ship detected approaching Earth. The green skinned aliens aren't overly friendly though, and it's up to Douglas and his fiancee Paula to figure out their secret.
The story fizzles a bit from the dramatic opening, but some decent work by Ditko in here. Hal Douglas seems to be another one of those one-shot heroes looking for an on-going feature that pop up in these 1950s stories a lot.
Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
New material and classic reprints
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out now
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Slightly short of complete Doctor Strange colour reprint later this year
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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