April 15, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Tenderfoot And The Outlaw

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

From Charlton's BLACK FURY #17 [1959] comes the 5-page "The Tenderfoot And The Outlaw".

Kind of a convoluted little western story, and it seems that a few times the wrong choice is made about what to show, like page 2 panel 4, where the caption describes the outlaw punching the tenderfoot, which is probably something you'd like to show in a comic book story instead of another tight close-up.  Ditko usually makes better choices than that, but maybe the script didn't allow for it in this case.

Some unusual inking technique a few times in this one, looks like a flatter pen line than Ditko usually had around this time.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Over a thousand pages of material available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Occasionally featuring some intriguing unpublished Ditko work
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Early Ditko doing background assists on Captain 3-D to be reprinted 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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