June 1, 2011

Unusual Tales - You Can Make Me Fly

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

DO YOU BELIEVE IN NIGHTMARES #1 [1957] was a comic published by St. John, featuring Ditko's only work published by the company.  It's a bit of an oddity in Ditko history, appearing in the middle of a two year period where his work otherwise only appeared in Charlton comics, and is the one of the rare comics with Ditko artwork outside of Charlton or Marvel from 1955 to 1965.  Ditko draws the cover and five of the six stories for the comic, which are all pretty much indistinguishable from the contemporary Charlton work (except even Charlton never had the yellow plates that far out of register). "You Can Make Me Fly" is a 4-page story from that issue, about a criminal who breaks out of jail and confronts his scientist brother, who has an invention that would be useful in aiding an escape from the law. You'll figure out the twist halfway through the story. Visually a very nice story, from the reflected faces in the first panel to the flying bits on the last page.

But before the story, some links:
Classic MR. A now available
New issues coming bi-monthly
Hulk/Torch story coming closer
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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