April 23, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Most Terrible Fate


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

"The Most Terrible Fate" is a 5-page story first published in Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #7 [1958]. In a post-nuclear war world of a thousand years in the future, a young man finds out that his parents have been keeping a terrible secret from him.  Kind of an over-wrought story with a twist you'll probably see coming, but the art is nice.  Note especially the good panel progression across the top of the last page, ending with a classic Ditko extreme close-up of the eye.

But before the story, some links:
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Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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