"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.
"Operation Blacksnake" is a 5-page Ditko story from TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #4 .
This time around the Traveler sticks his giant head behind a story with less fantasy overtones than usual, as he tells us the tale of an American soldier called Sarge who is sent into the desert to defend an oil pipeline with only seven men against a anticipated strike by five hundred.
A very intense story with Ditko's art very much matching that mood, doing a great job with the Arabian clothing, the desert setting and the camels and horses.
Before the story, some links:
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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
As this story appears in the Snyder/Ditko published TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #19 , I'm only including the first page below.
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