April 11, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Strange Asteroid

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

From Charlton's OUTER SPACE #19 [1958] comes the 5-page "The Strange Asteroid".  A reporter accompanies a scientific expedition to the asteroid belt, out there looking for interesting samples to bring back to Earth.  What they find is... well, read the story, you won't believe me...

I suppose when you had to write a few dozen of these a week like many of the comic book writers from the 1950s you got a bit loopy after a while.  Couple of nice bits from Ditko, that cosmic background on page 2 looks pretty nice.

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 asteroid-size.


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