December 25, 2009

Unusual Tales - The Dancing Cat

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

From Charlton's STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #37 [1958] comes "The Dancing Cat", a 5-page story about a  TV writer who goes to Egypt with his wife to do some research on a series he's hoping to sell.  As a gift for his wife he buys a music box in the shape of a dancing cat, not realizing that if you're in a comic book story set in Egypt you really should listen to that old beggar on the streets trying to warn you of a curse.

A simple but effective story, the floating musical notes are a nice design element around that ominous looking cat.  That bit across the top tier of page four works really well.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
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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