May 9, 2012

Unusual Tales - The Sultan

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

"The Sultan" is a 5-page story from Charlton's TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER #5 [1957]. where the Traveler regales us with a tale of the leader of a nation is driven by his greed and paranoia out to the desert.  Ditko does a great job with the exotic setting and clothing here, and there's a lot of atmosphere in the artwork.  As usual, the highlights are the giant floating heads of the Traveler in the backgrounds.

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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