January 24, 2012

Unusual Tales - The Greater Jovians

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

"The Greater Jovians" is a 5-page story from Charlton's OUTER SPACE #20 [1958]. A very amusing little trifle about the inhabitants of Jupiter, the tiny Lesser Jovians and giant Greater Jovians, and how they work together to solve their food shortage. Ditko does a good job as usual with the designs, and pay particular note to page three, which nicely uses a large full-page panel with several inset images to give a feeling of scale while still moving the story along in the brief number of pages available.

Click Lesser Jovian images to embiggen to Greater Jovian size:


Now that you've enjoyed the story, some links you might want to check:
Over two dozen publications in print
Back issues and subscriptions available
Various DC hardcovers include almost all of Ditko's work for DC, Tower and the Charlton "Action Heroes" line
Scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies

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