May 2, 2012

Unusual Tales - Second Chance

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

"Second Chance" is a 5-page story from Charlton's UNUSUAL TALES #11 [1958] (not to be confused with the Ditko stories of the same title from Warren's CREEPY #13 [1967] or Marvel's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #25 [1991]). In this one, a scientist has a breakthrough after years on a project that he hopes could  be used for good, but fears could be used to destroy, and we follow his thoughts on his walk home. Couple of nice bits in the art, the use of the close-ups on the glasses provides a unifying visual motif and and clothing in the wind-swept streets are a Ditko specialty from 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
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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