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Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery, Vol. 1

(Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery #1)

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SC, TPB, NM/M, New, in cello, Written by Len Wein, Robert Kanigher, and Gerry Conway. Art by Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, Gil Kane, and Alex Toth. Cover by Joe Orlando. Published in February of 2006, Softcover, 552 pages, B&W. Cover price $16.99.
Paperback, 552 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by DC Comics
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Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
There are some seriously great artists amongst the stories in this book, and I have to say that it's not hard to picture all of them getting together, having a few fingers worth of whiskey, extolling each other's artistic talents, perhaps watching a burlesque show together, and then loading up some revolvers to go out hunting the chumps who wrote these stories.

Damn, these were some godawful stories. Many of them have no point. Many of them have Scooby Doo endings. Many of them have shock ending
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The stories were a bit dodgy- the perils of Joe Orlando trying to do EC-style stories in a Code-Approved book, I suppose - but there were so many amazing artists - Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Bernie Wrightson, Russ Heath, Sergio Aragones, Neal Adams and more - that it was undoubtedly worth the price. And with artists like this, you don't mind the lack of color at all!

By the end, they'd also found a way to make the stories slightly more engaging without offending the Code. Not amazing, but at least
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anything nostalgic almost always brings pleasure, and one of my earliest passions was for my varied collection of comics, as provided by my mother, and these DC horror genres topped the list: The House of Mystery, The House of Secrets, The Witching Hour, The Phantom Stranger, encompassing editions from the late 60s to the mid 70s. This Showcase compilation is labeled #1, so I presume it was one of the first stories from The House of Mystery--which may explain the first few drab, predictable stor ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Eigentlich nur 1 Stern...

...würde ich diesem Comic geben, wären da nicht Aragonés' kleine, teilweise bösen, verrückten und so gar nicht in diesen Band passenden Szenchen. Diese werten den ganzen Band gleich ein bisschen auf, und sorgen dafür dass man bei den ganzen anderen so ganz und gar nicht gruseligen "Gruselgeschichten" einschläft - man merkt, dass dies Comics für Kinder aus den 60ern und 70ern waren, die nicht mit Ninja Turtles und Yu-Gi-Oh aufgewachsen sind.

Zeichnerisch stellenweise ganz
Bob Wolniak
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
For me, it is hard not to compare this to Warren Publishing's Creepy and Eerie magazine from the same time period--there are many of the same artists, most especially Joe Orlando editing. Instead of Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie, it's Cain and Abel for House of Secrets, Mystery. I can't see much difference except one is in a magazine format and the other in a four color comic format. However this compendium of 500+ pages is also in B&W. Eventually Warren's material got more adult oriented, b ...more
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Orrin Grey
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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I don't think I like these Showcase-style big black-and-white collections. I don't know why, exactly. Maybe I miss the lurid four-color colors. Maybe it's just too much old comic density for me.

There's some great artists represented here (though none of them are working at the top of their games) and there's a lot of fun stuff going on, especially the Sergio Aragones bits. But this didn't do it for me as much as the omnibus editions of, say, Creepy and Eerie, the oversized, Warren-published cous
Andrea Smirle
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
first reaction: i wish i could be a kid again, and watch old episodes of spiderman and hercules!

later: i liked the pairing of well-formed art with malformed imagination... like being a kid, when your own imagination is limitless yet completely limited at the same time. result? reading this collection was bittersweet and delightful and depressing, simultaneously.

also: this is the kind of cultural artifact that makes you think about yourself and the world you now live in WAY more than is good for
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reprints House of Mystery #174-194. Cain takes over the House of Mystery and brings stories of horror and surprise. The House of Mystery (and its companion book The House of Secrets) were part of the relaunch of horror in the 1970s. The use of Cain in the House of Mystery and Abel in the House of Secrets added some dimension to the stories and allowed for some fun introductions and mini-cartoons by Sergio Aragones.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading these stories, an issue or so at a time, was a blast! Lots of great art that reproduces well in the black-and-white format from such stellar artists as Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, and many others, and the great one-page humor features by Sergio Aragones. Most of the stories have some kind of twist that is obvious from the beginning, but they're still lots of fun to read. This is a great example of the Showcase format.
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
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There are some excellent 5 and 6 page comic horror stories here. Nothing as violent and lurid as the old EC stuff that I love, but that's ok.

I wish it didn't bother me that it's printed in black & white, but it does. Those old colors in 70s comic books - never as bright as they should be in the insides, even from the day you bought them, add a lot to the story, and it's missed here.
There were some really good stories in this 552 page collection. Very few ones made me grit my teeth or roll my eyes. This sharpens my curiosity for Bill Willingham's own "The House of Mystery" graphic novel coming out next year.
Rodrigo Marinho
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sweet little gothic horror stories. Reminds of a time and age when we were young and easily mixed reality with fantasy. Perfect for bedtime reading.
Phil Williams
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun collection of The House of Mystery horror comics from the 1960's.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Ho-hum storylines, but there's some really fine Alex Toth artwork here, and if you like him (and I do), that crazy,man artist Jerry Grandenetti is here,too.
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
However--five stars and more for the artwork of Bernie Wrightson and Sergio Aragonés.
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Len Wein was an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics' Swamp Thing and Marvel Comics' Wolverine, and for helping revive the Marvel superhero team the X-Men (including the co-creation of Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus). Additionally, he was the editor for writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons' influential DC miniseries Watchmen.

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