Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Unusual Tales #11 (Charlton/1958)
Unusual Tales #11 (Charlton Comics)
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One of the more successful genres for Charlton was their mystery line of titles of which they published hundreds over the years. This giant size issue cover dated March 1958 is almost as old as I am and yet some of the stories are familiar. The reason being that these tales were reprinted in the UK by Alan Class in his classic line of black & white comics.
There are several stories by Steve Ditko (one of the reasons I collect Charltons mystery/horror line) all of which I vaguely remembered from when I were a lad, all courtesy of Mr Class who had the licence to reprint Charlton's material in the UK.
Like all anthology comics the contents are variable and whether you like the stories or not is a question of individual taste but these are a great read.
Some of the later covers are familiar too, having being used for Uncanny Tales, Creepy Worlds and the like over the years, Unusual Tales lasted for 49 issues between 1956 and 1965 when it was compltely rebooted and became the Blue Beetle (the Dan Garrett version). Something to do with a post office fiddle apparently. Told you Charlton was a really mean publisher....