December 18, 2009

Unusual Tales - For Amusement Only

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

"For Amusement Only" is a 5-page story from Charlton's OUTER SPACE #18 [1958].  In it, the entire planet faces the menace of accelerated plant growth, starting gradually at first but quickly reaching crisis levels.

Of particular note in this one, that first big panel is a nicely laid out image to represent the story.  The water tower falling over is a nice touch.  And dig that crazy alien hairdo!

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Stock up now, they can't stay in print forever
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out soon, see the big-name artist doing the cover of one of Ditko's newest characters at the link
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Lots of stuff out in 2009
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

Click images to big-up.


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