May 22, 2010

Unusual Tales - Journey To Paradise

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

"Journey To Paradise" is a 5-page story from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #7 [1958], the story of a teacher named Adam Marsh who doesn't believe in the biblical story of Eden but still longs for a simpler time that the paradise of the story represents.  Then he happens upon a time machine built by a dying inventor.  Hm, guy named Adam, longs for an Eden he doesn't believe in, time machine... wonder where that's going.

A bit of a text heavy story, but some interesting bits of business in the text.  The story gives Ditko a wide variety of things to draw, and he he excels at them all.  The old inventor is especially well rendered.

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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1 comment:

  1. Oh wow- I love anachronistic stories like this, where the future and past can be so construed. I especially love when dogmatic mythology can be explored for creative fare.
    Ditko was tops with this one.



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