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Three great Charlton tales. Strange Valley was really impressive. The glimpse of the monster on page six bottom panel is pure nightmare fuel.On the last page of the story it shows it was drawn on Dec 25, 1976- quite a Christmas gift back then.The fear of nuclear power must have played a role in the basis of this story, considering this was drawn years before Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima.The Last Bite showed off Ditko's art and a clever way of destroying a vampire.A Solemn Oath was a well drawn Gothic romance, not so much horror, but a well drawn tale nonetheless.As always, thanks for these Charlton posts!
I wish I had bought more of these Charlton books back in the day. The more I post them the more I see how cool they really were. Back when I was a kid I had limited funds for comics so it was usually a Warren magzine maybe some Marvel of DC comic and then whatever money was left was probably spent at the movies.Those were the days!
The first tale has a rather unintentionally funny scene where one of the workers' wife gets mauled to death by the farm animals and his neighbor causally mentions it to him adding that his sister got stomped to death by the cows yesterday. He doesn't sound very freaked out by it.The second tale is fun, I love how the vampire is destroyed--I wasn't expecting that at all.
The Second Tales was actually a reprint from Ghostly Tales #121 published in 1976 and it's prime Ditko. Around the early 80's Charlton began publishing mostly reprints till they folded in 1986.
Actually the whole book is reprints which is what I should have noted in the last comment.