May 18, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Strange Machine

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

From Charlton's STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #40 [1959] comes the 7-page time travel story "The Strange Machine".

This story about a brilliant inventor who ruins his life feeling sorry for himself because he feels cheated out of an old lost family fortune has a similar O. Henry style structure and twist to one of Ditko's first stories for Marvel a few years earlier, "There'll Be Some Changes Made".  Still, a well told version of the story, and really good art by Ditko, as you'll see.  The 7-page length gives Ditko a bit more room to play with than is usual for these stories, and he uses it nicely with a few silent panels and some clever juxtapositions between panels

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