August 30, 2010

Unusual Tales - Director Of The Board

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

"Director Of The Board" is a 5-page Ditko story from Charlton's STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES #33 [1957]. A strange little story about an executive turning down a job applicant but encouraging him with the tale of a dream he had as a struggling young job-seeker, dreaming about taking the initiative and risks to rise in the company through any number of unethical actions.  I'm not sure I get it, but that Ditko art sure is pretty, from the fanciful looking drilling machine to the scenes of our hero beating up miners demanding safe working conditions to exploiting jungle natives and the drunk.

In a bit of an oddity, pretty much the same story was repeated under the title "A Look Into The Future" in Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #27 [1961], also drawn by Ditko.

As this story is now available in DITKO'S MR. A. #8, only the first page is presented below.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
New material and classic reprints
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out now
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Slightly short of complete Doctor Strange colour reprint later this year
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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