April 2, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Statues That Came To Life

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

From Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #10 [1958] comes the 6-page "The Statues That Came To Life".

The Traveler expands his scope to ancient Greece, where he also observed, oddly already wearing his 1950s outfit.  At first he tells us a version of the familiar story of Pygmalion, and then tells the lesser known second story (presumably made up just for this story) of another statue made soon after.

An entertaining story, Ditko does well with the classic setting, and always interesting to see the sculptor theme which enters into a lot of his stories, whether he had a hand in writing them or not.

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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