March 28, 2012

Unusual Tales - The Man Who Couldn't Die

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

"The Man Who Couldn't Die" is a 5-page story from Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #11 [1958]. This is a nice little war story, a genre Ditko didn't draw too much of, with a supernatural twist, where a Sergeant returns from France to tell the widow of his deceased Major about how much the men all admired her husband, and then reminiscing about the secret of the Major's death that the men have chose to keep. Neat story. A much more prolific war comics artist, Joe Kubert, is often compared to Ditko of this era, so if you're familiar with Kubert's 1950s work it's interesting to compare this particular story with some of Kubert's.

But before the story, some links:
New comic #16 SIXTEEN now available
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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