April 5, 2012

Unusual Tales - Trail Pard

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

"Trail Pard" is a 5-page story from Charlton's ROCKY LANE'S BLACK JACK #25 [1958], where the ebony stallion of the title befriends express mail rider Tony Cato, which ends up being useful when two bandits try to rob a delivery of gold. This story is signed "J. Kodti", one of a handful of stories and covers from late 1958 to early 1959 signed with that or "J. Kotdi". As usual, no clue if there was any particular reason for that signature, but the inking on this one does seem a little different from most Ditko stories of the era, maybe a bit more pen and less brush than usual.

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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