April 17, 2011

Unusual Tales - The Man Who Stepped Out Of A Cloud

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

"The Man Who Stepped Out Of A Cloud" is a 5-page story from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #5 [1957]. A gorgeous looking story, really showing off some of the best aspects of early Ditko, from the use of shadows to the expressive faces to the weird alien designs, and some really good Ditko hands and ties.  The story itself, well, has kind of a creepy subtext read in modern times, which probably wasn't intended and wouldn't have been seen fifty years ago, but is pretty decent.

But before the story, some links:
ACT 7, the twelfth of Ditko's current series, now available
New issue immenent, subscribe today
Potentially all of Ditko's DC work in-print by the end of 2011
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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