December 25, 2010

Unusual Tales - The King Of Planetoid X

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

"The King Of Planetoid X" is a 7-page story from Charlton's MYSTERIES OF UNEXPLORED WORLDS #7 [1958].  It's been reprinted a few times, but not always successfully, as two of the reprints are missing a page (page 6 both time, oddly), so here are all the pages.

Kind of a convoluted story about the aftermath of interstellar war, when the king of a remote peaceful planetoid is tempted with the promise of great power, if he's willing to assume great responsibility.  Nice story with some great art by Ditko, definitely one of the better stories from that era.  Kind of an unusual layout on page 6, not something you see very often.

But before the story, some links:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
Classic 1980s STATIC graphic novel available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Many back issues available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Softcover Doctor Strange Masterworks 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

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