November 24, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Man Who Crashed Into Another Era

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

"The Man Who Crashed Into Another Era" is a quick 3-page story from St. John's DO YOU BELIEVE IN NIGHTMARES #1 [1957]. Not much to add to what you can read in the slight story, but you do get a few nice Ditko dinosaurs.

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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November 22, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Mirage

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

"The Mirage" is a 5-page story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #5 [1957]. A man breaks out from a prison but still has to cross a desert to complete his escape. Light story, but effectively told.

But before the story, some links:
Over two dozen publications in print
Back issues and subscriptions available
Hawk & Dove and other reprinted in upcoming DITKO OMNIBUS v2
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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Upcoming Ditko - A DITKO #15

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Release is coming up for the next new Ditko, A DITKO #15, which will feature the return of The !?, plus more of E&I and more surprises.

As usual, updates and ordering information will be available over here, along with info on the many other Ditko books in print. Retailers should contact Robin Snyder for discounts on wholesale purchases of the whole line.

Unusual Tales - Nightmare

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

"Nightmare" is a 7-page story from St. John's DO YOU BELIEVE IN NIGHTMARES #1 [1957]. Interesting little story about a woman who has a detailed prophetic dream of doom about her husband, a bit more intricate than average for these stories, thanks to the few extra pages, and some nice artwork.

But before the story, some links:
Over two dozen publications in print
Back issues and subscriptions available
Various 1960s and 1980s THUNDER AGENTS reprints from DC
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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November 21, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Secret Room

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


"The Secret Room" is a 5-page story from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #6 [1957]. A quick little story about John and Mary Miller, and elderly couple who buy a rotting old house to spend their last years in, and as you often see in these stories find so much more than they expect. Nothing too special, but a couple of nice Ditkoisms in their early form.

But before the story, some links:
New work published on a regular basis
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Regular reviews of the new Ditko stuff and more
Lots of old work coming back into print for the first time in decades
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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Unusual Tales - The Somnambulist

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

The 6-page story "The Somnambulist" comes to us from St. John's DO YOU BELIEVE IN NIGHTMARES #1 [1957], one of five Ditko stories in that issue that make up his only work for published by the company. An entertaining little tale about a barker peddling the sideshow attraction of a man who never wakes but can make predictions about the future. Of course it's all an over-elaborate scheme, which eventually backfires.

But before the story, some links:
MOCKER graphic novel available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Art and articles on all  aspects of Ditko's career
Black and white reprint of Ditko inking Ayers on Sgt. Fury now available
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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November 20, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Man Who Changed Bodies

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

"The Man Who Changed Bodies" is a 5-page story from Charlton's THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #13 [1957]. Pretty standard morality play about a man who learns that people control their own fortunes after he finds a way to switch bodies with a millionaire. A lot of nice Ditko images, including the body transfer scene and the panel showing off the extravagant lifestyle that squanders away the ill-gotten wealth.

But before the story, some links:
Over two dozen publications in print
Back issues and subscriptions available
Close to complete Ditko DC library soon to be available in three matching hardcovers
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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November 19, 2011

Unusual Tales - I Made A Volcano

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

From Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #5 [1957] comes "I Made A Volcano", one of my favourite Ditko stories from the era. The story about a man in the jungles of South America obsessed with destruction, with a surprise ending (thus obscured in the thumbnails below). The writing is a cut above the norm for these comics, and Ditko does a great job with the lush jungle backgrounds and the body language reinforcing aspects of the story.

But before the story, some links:
Back issues and subscriptions available
1980s Indiana Jones issues reprinted by Dark Horse
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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