April 25, 2011

Unusual Tales - Inside The Crystal Globe

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

"Inside The Crystal Globe" is a 4-page story first published in Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #11 [1959].  This is one of a handful of stories and covers from the era that are signed "J. Kodti" (or sometimes "Kotdi"). Not sure why the pen-name was used, but there is a slightly different look to the inking on this story compared to most Ditko work of the era.  A little sharper, less variation in line weight.  Anyway, not too much of a story, as the Traveler mentions in his introduction it's one of the rare times he chooses to intervene rather than just narrate.  The most interesting bit of art is the ghostly image of the Traveler in the crystal ball on the first page, that's really effective.

But before the story, some links:
Complete MISSING MAN book available
New issue out soon
Two big DC collections scheduled for 2011
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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