November 16, 2011

Unusual Tales - Mister Evriman

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

"Mister Evriman" is a 6-page story first published in Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #6 [1957]. This has always been one of my favourite of these 1950s Charlton shorts. It starts with the Traveler musing about that impact of this new-fangled "television" thing on American society, note the nice symbolic urban background dominated by antennas on every building. A pollster doing some research finds some disturbing correlations about the negative impact of game shows, and how they're setting the world up for tyranny and destruction, until a game-show contestant named Homer Evriman shows up, setting the cosmic balance straight. Sure, it makes little sense, but it's a tale well told.

But before the story, some links:
Over two dozen publications in print
Back issues and subscriptions available
CREEPER hardcover available from DC
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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