December 15, 2009

Unusual Tales - The Strange One

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

"The Strange One" is a 2-page story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #10 [1958], about a man who comes ashore on an uncharted island after a shipwreck, and what he sees there, or doesn't see, that scares him off.

An odd little story, with an ending that, as you'll see, doesn't really use Ditko's skills, but he does good with everything up to that.  The splash of the man washing up on the beach is really good, with those ominous black clouds in the background.

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)

Click images to big-up and really appreciate the details on the last two panels.

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