June 26, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Drums

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

"The Drums" was first published in Charlton's THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #13 [1957].  The 5-page Ditko story has only been reprinted once so far, in GHOST MANOR #54 [1981].

Jungle adventure told to us by Dr. Haunt this time around, as a crooked man gains the confidence of an African tribe in order to steal their idol.  His plan is foolproof, but for the odd twist revealed at the end.

Some really nice artwork in this one, especially the way the sound effects are integrated into the art and some really nice texture on the trees and disorienting angles.

But first, some links:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Classic MR. A reprint available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Coming your way bi-monthly, PayPal available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Big TOMB OF DRACULA reprint with b&w Ditko reprint coming 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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