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Showcase Presents: The House of Secrets, Vol. 1

(Showcase Presents: The House of Secrets #1)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  15 reviews
More than 500 pages of mystery tales from the pages of THE HOUSE OF SECRETS #81-98 (1969-1972)!
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by DC Comics
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tom bomp
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
been wanting to read light stuff recently so this was fun. some good stories, some weird, some incoherent, but overall pretty fun to read through. nothing like. super clever but I often found myself impressed by the art (doubt it's impressive to anyone who actually knows comics though) scratched the same sort of itch as goosebumps or something.
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
A fun collection for those of age to have read the originals, or those wishing to see some really nice artwork by top artists reproduced in black and white, or looking for a innocuous but strange collection of spooky stories for kids. Adults who didn't read any of the DC horror anthologies at the time, or are looking for satisfying horror comics, need not really apply, however.

It's painfully obvious from this volume (3 companion SHOWCASE volumes, Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery, Vol. 1,S
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: DC Comics fans, mild horror fans
House of Secrets started its publication history in 1956 as a “weird menace” title. You couldn’t really do horror comics as such under the Comics Code, but short tales tinged with the supernatural where evil was punished and good rewarded? Sure. It also had a number of psuedo-superhero types, like Mark Merlin, Prince Ra-Man and Eclipso. The last of these, (“Hero and Villain in one man!” went on to be a player in the DC universe, and has his own Showcase volume. The Silver Age run ended with #80 ...more
Bob Wolniak
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Often pedestrian short horror stories in the sister anthology comic to House of Mystery. Even this first volume had lots of reprints from earlier silver age era. Of course, best known for the introduction of Swamp Thing in issue #92, there are other treats, such as the Bride of Death and Divide and Murder. Plenty of the greatest creators of the Bronze era, like writers Wolfman, Conway and Wein as well as artists Neal Adams, Alex Toth, Gray Morrow, Bernie Wrightson, Wally Wood, Jim Aparo, etc.
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I've never been the biggest fan of "horror" comics, but given how much I enjoyed the "Weird Western" novel Vermilion and given that the caretaker of The House of Secrets, Abel, is a regular in one of my all time favorite comic books, Neil Gaiman's Sandman, I thought it might be high time to give The House of Secrets a shot.

To say that The House of Secrets is a horror comic isn't really the truth. There are horror and gothic elements here, but for the most part this series has more in common wi
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Really had fun reading these cheap, cheesy Golden Age horror comics. Each one of them is only 3-5 pages so you could read a whole lot real fast. I found the overall, goofy fun style of the stories really triggered my creative mind and had me thinking of my own short stories. I'm not sure why this rather than good fiction worked as muse for me, but it did. I also loved the lackadaisical way in which characters reacted to fantastic things going on. With little room to develop or process the storie ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reprints House of Secrets #81-98. Abel takes over the House of Secrets and introduces tales. The House of Secrets was a bit more connected than the House of Mystery (Cain's tales). Abel's stories often were more connected but as the series moved on it became more serialized with Abel as just the host. The book also introduces the original Swamp Thing that went through some changes before becoming the Swamp Thing series.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The House of Secrets is truly scary. I have finally got a chance to read the 1st Swamp Thing story written by Len Wein. If I were DC, I would bring that this series under the Vertigo imprint. There is no need to have blood and gore which dominates Horror today. All you need is a good imagination and being a good storyteller.

I would love to read Volume 2 when it becomes available.
Jason Coffman
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection of horror comics, although I'll readily admit most of my affinity for it is pure nostalgia. Still, lots of great art and decent writing, and even a few good surprises. Maybe not a good introduction to this sort of thing-- that would be Showcase Presents House of Mystery Volume 1-- but for established fans it's great to have all this stuff in one place.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
So I did like this but I want to acknowledge the fact that it is kind of awful. The artwork is very nice but the stories are all over the place. This is definitely a read b/c you like cheesy old school horror comics kind of thing.
Nov 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Great art, a few classic stories, but many more cheesier tales.
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great collection of old fashioned scary stories. the Len Wein stories are the best. This set includes the original appearance of the Swamp Thing.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Some great art in these horror stories from the early 70s. The writing generally doesn't hold up as well, but is entertaining enough.
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I actually read volume 2 but these are short stories and some really short;I expected them to longer but i enjoyed it in all.
Karl Kindt
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
Superb art in most of this (Toth especially), but the stories are usually like unfinished EC tales.
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