July 19, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Green Peace

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

"The Green Peace" is a 5-page story that appeared in Charlton's THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED #16 [1958]. They reprinted it once, in SCARY TALES #46 [1984].

This is one of the better written Charlton stories of the 1950s that Ditko drew, with a bit of poetry in the script and subtlety in the plot. Ditko does it justice with a very nice art job with a lot of attention to detail in the undersea background and in the diving equipment. I especially like page 3, with that long first panel of the active seabed and the delicately shaded images of the old man's face framing the recounting of evolutionary history (including a brief look at some dinosaurs by Ditko, always a treat). The fish are also suitably creepy.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Many classic books available, more on the way
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Bi-monthly, delivered to your door
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Recent CREEPER reprint include rare Cancelled Comic Cavalcade story
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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