Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reading Room: OUTER SPACE "His Own Little World"

After co-creating Spider-Man and Dr Strange, Steve Ditko left Marvel in 1967...
...for reasons still unknown to all but the parties involved.
For the next few years, he went on to work for everyone but Marvel, including Charlton, where he returned to Captain Atom, created a new Blue Beetle, and did a plethora of one-off tales like this one!
Is this device a matter-creator (which would create items from scratch) or a teleporter (which would move already-existing things from their origin point to Rudd's location)?
If it created things purely from his brain-patterns, it would look exactly like the photograph, no matter how old the pic was!
Maybe I'm just over-thinking the whole thing.
At any rate, this story from Charlton's one-shot Outer Space #1 (1968) was penciled and inked by the extremely-busy Ditko, but the writer is unknown.
BTW, the printing on this particular issue was pretty bad.
In fact, Charlton was noted for the poor quality of it's printing,  since they used old printing presses that were designed to print boxes and other packaging that used cardboard and plastic, not newsprint!
When the story was reprinted over a decade later, it came out somewhat cleaner, as you can see HERE.

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