February 20, 2011

Unusual Tales - Automata Ultima

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

"Automata Ultima" is a 3-page science fiction story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #12 [1959], featuring scenes of a future world when automatic machines continue the production of weapons of war long after they're needed.  More of a vignette than a story, playing on the doomsday fears of the early Cold War era, and perhaps more than a little inspired by the Ray Bradbury story "There Will Come Soft Rains".

A nice little story, with a really good opening page, and the snippets of the adventures the ship went through are well done.

But 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

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1 comment:

  1. The arms worker with a conscience...
    That is the point of the little story with a big message...
    As long as we have a conscience, we have hope.