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Impossible tales

Author: Steve Ditko; Blake Bell
Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Fantagraphics Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Fantagraphics books edition
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Five years before Steve Ditko began work on his now legendary co-creations for Marvel Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, he was producing some of his best work in near anonymity for Charlton Comics. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime -- stories that have never seen a proper  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Ditko; Blake Bell
ISBN: 9781606996409 1606996401
OCLC Number: 817264003
Notes: Chiefly illustrations.
Description: 240 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Contents: The menace of the maple leaves (Strange suspense stories #33, Aug. '57) --
The forbidden room (Mysteries of unexplored worlds #4, Jul. '57) --
Cover ; Nightmare ; Somnambulist ; The strange silence ; You can make me fly ; The men who crashed into another era (Do you believe in nightmares? #1, Nov. '57) --
Little girl lost (Tales of the mysterious traveler #6, Dec. '57) --
There it is again (Strange suspense stories #35, Dec. '57) --
Cover ; The repair man from nowhere (Unusual tales #10, Jan. '58) --
Panic!! (Strange suspense stories #35, Dec. '57) --
A strange kiss (Unusual tales #10, Jan. '58) --
The secret room (Out of this world #6, Nov. '57) --
Cover ; Original art ; A living doll (Out of this world #12, Mar. '59) --
When old doc died ; The old fool ; Mister Evriman (Tales of the mysterious traveler #6, Dec. '57) --
The edge of fear (Unusual tales #10, Jan. '58) --
Cover ; The second self ; The green man (This magazine is haunted #14, Dec. '57) --
Cover ; Original art ; The most terrible fate ; Cure-all (Out of this world #7, Feb. '58) --
From out of the depths ; The man who disappeared (This magazine is haunted #14, Dec. '57) --
Journey to paradise (Out of this world, Feb. '58) --
And the fear grew ; The heel and the healer (Tales of the mysterious traveler #7, Mar. '58) --
Never again (Unusual tales #10, Jan. '58) --
Through the walls (Out of this world #7, Feb. '58) --
The world awaits (Out of this world #12, Mar. '59) --
The angry things (Mysteries of unexplored worlds #7, Feb. '58) --
Cover ; Little boy blue (Tales of the mysterious traveler #10, Nov. '58) --
The vision game (Tales of the mysterious traveler #8, Jul. '58) --
Impossible, but... ; The man from time (This magazine is haunted v2 #16, May '58) --
Failure (Strange suspense stories #36, Mar. '58) --
Not normal (Tales of the mysterious traveler #7, Mar. '58) --
Charmed, I'm sure ; Deep in the mountain (Unusual tales #11, Mar. '58) --
The dancing cat (Strange suspense stories #37, Jul. '58).
Responsibility: edited by Blake Bell.

Abstract:

Five years before Steve Ditko began work on his now legendary co-creations for Marvel Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, he was producing some of his best work in near anonymity for Charlton Comics. Like its predecessors, Impossible Tales: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 4 features over 200 meticulously restored full-color pages of Ditko in his early prime -- stories that have never seen a proper reprinting until now, thrilling stories of suspense, mystery, haunted houses, and unsuspecting victims all delineated in Ditko's wildly idiosyncratic, masterful style. This fourth volume ranks as the best in the Steve Ditko Archives series to date thanks in large part to the inspiration Ditko took from comics derived from the classic host-narrated radio shows, which gave an extra oomph to his creepy yarns. Moreover, comics such as This Magazine Is Haunted and Tales of the Mysterious Traveler bore witness to a veritable explosion in Ditko's ingenuity in terms of manipulating the traditional comic-book page layout. This new level of excellence also manifested itself in his work on other books, such as Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds, Out of This World, Strange Suspense Stories, and Unusual Tales, all of which are amply represented in this volume. -- Publisher's website.

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