April 3, 2010

Unusual Tales - A Visit To Planet 3

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

Charlton's SPACE ADVENTURES #26 [1958] brings us the 5-page "A Visit To Planet 3".

First contacts gone awry from aliens landing on Earth are a popular theme in stories from this era, from Charlton and other publishers.  This is an offbeat variation on that one, not sure i completely get the twist at the ending.  Still, some very nice art by Ditko, including the space ship design and the various 1950s city scenes. Do a few of the faces look like they had some touch-up work by another artist to anyone else?

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