May 11, 2012

Unusual Tales - The Imperial Double

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

"The Imperial Double" is a 4-page story from Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #9 [1958]. Unusually for the title, the Traveler doesn't stick his giant head into the story, and it has a much lighter fantasy element than most of the Traveler stories, so I wonder if it was intended for one of the other titles and put in here for some reason. Anyway, it's the story of a late-19th century monarch in the fictional Balkan nation of Cretonia who meets an innkeeper who is his exact double. Pretty decent, especially the attention to the clothing of the era.

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
THUNDER AGENTS from various publishers 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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