September 8, 2010

Unusual Tales - Test Of A Man

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

"Test Of A Man" is a 5-page story from Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #4 [1957].

This is a short tale about Myron York, a zoo curator winding up a long round-the-world boat trip having trouble impressing the girl he's fallen in love with.  Fortunately for him, fate intervenes and gives him a chance to show his prowess against an escaped tiger on the ship.

Some good Ditko artwork on the menacing tiger, and I also like several of the Traveler panels in this one, like the second panel of page three.

Before the story, some links:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
New material and classic reprints
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Halloween issue next
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
CREEPER hardcover now available
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

As this story appears in the Snyder/Ditko published TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #19 [2016], I'm only including the first page below.

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