March 8, 2010

Unusual Tales - Help Wanted

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

From Charlton's OUTLAWS OF THE WEST #18 [1959] comes one of the non-horse starring westerns from Ditko in that era, the 7-page "Help Wanted".

Pretty much a routine story about U.S. Marshal who rides into Dogtown, finding it without law and under the thumb of badman Moose Keppler and his men.

A couple of good action scenes in here, and a couple of neat characters, especially Moose's right-hand man Skull.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
ACT 3 release imminent, lots more available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out soon
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Big book of Indiana Jones reprints on the way
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. This is precisely why these stories have so much value.
    The character of Marshal Beider is what is so sorely missing in our country these days. Nobody is willing to do things right for the long haul because the easy out is always available.
    The last panel says it all.
    Some things were indeed better in the old days.



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