December 13, 2009

Unusual Tales - The Man From Time

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

Charlton did like their variations on time travel stories in the late 1950s, didn't they?

The 5-page story "The Man From Time" is from THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #16 [1958].  Behind the Iron Curtain a scientist named Georgi Karenska has managed to secretly perfect a time machine built inside an armchair.  He wants to use it to visit the future and get knowledge to rule the world. Fortunately for the world, he finds the future is waiting for him.

It's a nicely dense little story. The visual of the narrator, Dr. Haunt, in the middle panels of every page, work nicely to add some visual flair.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Busiest year for new Ditko in a while
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Good reading on all eras of Ditko
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Look for the "Year in Ditko" windup post soon
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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1 comment:

  1. The last panel isn't by Ditko...any ideas who drew it, and why Ditko's original panel wasn't used?



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