April 21, 2012

Unusual Tales - A Living Doll

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

"A Living Doll" is a 6-page story from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #12 [1959], telling the story of explorer Pell who is determined to find the hidden tribe of the Mazaros despite the insistence of the locals that there's some bad magic involved.  Decent detailed artwork, but the most interesting thing is the last page, where possibly inspired by the somewhat confusing layout someone made a decision to number the panels. Not sure that was really necessary, and not something I can recall seeing elsewhere, despite some comics with much more confusing layouts.

But before the story, some links:

Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
New publication #16: SIXTEEN now available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
Back issues and subscriptions available
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
CREEPER hardcover available from DC
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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