May 18, 2009

It Stalks the Public Domain - The Evil Eye

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This time around we have "The Evil Eye", a 7-page story from Charlton's THE THING #14 [1954].

As you'll see, this is one of the most gruesome of Ditko's early stories. Warren Cairo plans to kill off his wife in a car crash, while planning an alibi for himself so he can inherit her fortune. Unfortunately, the wheelchair bound Gerda has a few things up her sleeve. Not to give too much away, but the bottom of page 5 isn't for the faint of heart.

And check out that really effective use of tonework on the shot of the body going into the water on page 6. That's some really fine technique that the scan really doesn't do justice.

The usual links:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Subscribe to DITKOMANIA
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from


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