December 23, 2010

Unusual Tales - The Angry Things

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

"The Angry Things" is the 5-page opening story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #7 [1958], a comic which had four Ditko stories in all.

Cute little offbeat ghost story with some interesting art.  One point of interesting, notice that on the last page the word "wrong" is very clearly a lettering replacement the two times it occurs.  I guess the comic code so prominently mentioned on the first page didn't like the word originally used, which I think you can figure out.  While they were at it they could at least have pointed out the superfluous apostrophe in "it's" on page 2.

But before the story, some links:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
New reprint of classic MR. A comic available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Bi-monthly, sometimes includes fan art from Dave Sim, Michael T. Gilbert, Steve Bissette and others
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Recent Spider-Man reprint includes samples of pencil art
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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  1. Also the word 'harm' on panel 2 of the last page looks changed -- doubtless to replace that same banned word.

  2. Didn't notice that one, yeah, it's probably the same word. My guess for the word is "evil", by the way, as I know they sometimes frowned on that kind of stuff (like the story where the ending with the devil is changed).



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