May 27, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Joke

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

"The Joke" is a 5-page story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #10 [1958]. It combines the twin cold-war era fears of the dangers of radiation and infiltration by foreign spies.  The script is a bit too wordy, but a fairly clever concept, and Ditko's art nicely matches the cramped mood.

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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