(July 1998)

DC, 1998 Series
 
Price:
5.95 USD; 8.50 CAD
Pages:
100
On-sale date:
1998-05
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics
Brand:
Vertigo; DC
Barcode:
76194121358300111
Editing:
Joe Orlando (original editor); Alisa Kwitney (reprint and new material editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Modern Age U.S.
Paper Stock:
Newsprint
Binding:
Squarebound
Publishing Format:
One-Shot

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Cain / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson
Colors:
Bernie Wrightson ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Abel; Cain; Gregory (gargoyle)
Reprints:

["Welcome to my private aviary behind the House of Mystery!"] (Table of Contents)

Cain / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson (signed)
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson (signed)
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain; Gregory (gargoyle)
Synopsis:
Cain welcomes kids to his aviary and speaks of his poacher problem.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover introductory text and illustration with indicia information at bottom of page.

Welcome Back To... The House Of Mystery (Table of Contents)

Cain / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Sergio Aragones
Inks:
Sergio Aragones
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Todd Klein

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Abel; Cain; Gregory (gargoyle); Phantom Stranger
Synopsis:
Cain reminisces and presents to us these tales from the past.
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Indexer Notes

Framing sequence.

["Right now, in the pages that follow you will encounter the following tales:"] (Table of Contents)

Cain / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson] (signed)
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson] (signed)
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
Todd Klein
Job Number:
J-3174

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Abel; Cain
Synopsis:
Cain lists the credits in this issue's stories, while Abel is held prisoner in a giant water cooler.
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Indexer Notes

Reprinted introductory illustration with new text. Wrightson's signature is on a book spine at lower center and is actually spelled backwards and reads INREB NOSTHGIRW.

The Gourmet (Table of Contents)

Vernon Glute / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Abel; Cain (story host); Hormsley (servant); Vernon Glute
Synopsis:
Vernon Glute, a rich obese man, eats only the best of foods and consumes enormous quantities of fresh frog legs. One day he and his servant face the wrath of an army of legless frogs.
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Sno' Fun! (Table of Contents)

Dr. Wallace B. Peterson / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script:
Sergio Aragones
Pencils:
Wally Wood
Inks:
Wally Wood
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-878

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain (story host); Gregory (gargoyle); Dr. Wallace B. Peterson (scientist); Professor Strauss (scientist)
Synopsis:
Dr. Wallace B. Peterson wants the fame of the discovery of a lost civilization in Antarctica for himself and so kills his colleague Professor Strauss. On the exploratory mission he is then captured and kept prisoner by that lost race of monstrous men who want to know everything about the outside world. A long time later he manages to escape but returning to civilization he doesn't feel well and goes to relax at the House of Mystery. There he finally melts to water having physically become like one of those lost men.
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Nightmare (Table of Contents)

Judy / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Oleck
Pencils:
? (pg 1: Cain head); Neal Adams
Inks:
? (pg 1: Cain head); Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-138

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain (story host); Judy; Judy's father; Miss Winter (governess); Pan (statue brought to life)
Synopsis:
A lonely little girl, Judy, seeks a friend and finds it in Pan, an animated statue. They play together in a fantasy world, but meantime in the real world she is struck by a fever and a doctor tries to cure her. As she improves, her father convinces her that Pan is just a statue. The statue, with a girl who's now grown up, sheds a tear.
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Indexer Notes

Uncredited Cain head on the top of page one. Judy was modelled after Neal Adams' daughter Zeea Adams.

The Secret Of The Egyptian Cat (Table of Contents)

Isha / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Kanigher
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-226

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain (story host); Isha (priestess); Konassos (sorcerer); Ra-Na (cat)
Synopsis:
To the House of Mystery comes Konassos, a sorcerer, with his white cat. Cain one night sees the cat transform into a woman who tells her tale. Isha, Egyptian priestess of the temple of Nu-Ta the Cat-God, is captured and held captive by Konassos. The sorcerer to better control her transforms the priestess into a white cat. Trapped in her feline form, Ra-Na a male cat escorts her but is then poisoned by the sorcerer. She plots her revenge and one day concocts a magical spell that transforms her back into a woman and Konassos into a mouse which she then introduces to Ra-Na's friends.
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The House Of Endless Years (Table of Contents)

Judy and Peggy / comic story / 6.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Gerry Conway [as Gerard Conway]
Pencils:
Bill Draut
Inks:
Bill Draut
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-3471

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain (story host); Judy (girl); Neal (Peggy's brother); old hag; Peggy (girl); Tippy (Peggy's dog)
Synopsis:
Two girls, Judy and Peggy, in search of Peggy's lost brother Neal, enter an old house where lives an old hag who warns them to leave for their own good. They don't and find out that the evil house drains the life from those in it by leeching on their fear of death, condemning them to an endless eternity.
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Cain's True Things You Didn't Know About The House Of Mystery!!!! (Table of Contents)

Cain / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Sergio Aragones
Inks:
Sergio Aragones
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Todd Klein

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Cain
Synopsis:
Cain explains to us some "true things" about the House of Mystery comic.
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"The Demon Within!" (Table of Contents)

Gary Winters / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Joe Orlando (plot); John Albano (script)
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
Jim Aparo
Job Number:
J-1301

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain (story host); Gary Winters (boy who can become a monster); Gary Winters (Gary's father); Kathy Winters (Gary's sister); Mildred Winters (Gary's mother)
Synopsis:
A boy who has magical powers, repeatedly transforms himself in public into a gruesome monster, terrifying everyone. His family decides first to cure him and then to have him lobotomized.
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The Burning! (Table of Contents)

Adam Strat and Meg Cooper / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Oleck
Pencils:
Mike Sekowsky
Inks:
Tom Palmer
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-1664

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Adam Strat; Cain (story host); Meg Cooper (witch)
Synopsis:
A man, without any memories, is apparently saved from death by Meg Cooper, an ugly witch. After having Meg make him a lot of gold he betrays her to the local village. She is tried and burned alive and Adam reverts to the straw man he was.
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"His Name Is... Kane" (Table of Contents)

Gil Kane / comic story / 6.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Friedrich
Pencils:
Gil Kane
Inks:
Wally Wood
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
278

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
Abel; Carmine Infantino; Gil Kane; Joe Orlando
Synopsis:
Comic book artist Gil Kane feels wasted in the comic books he's drawing and tries to gain some privacy by going to the House of Mystery where he plans to write his own stories. There, however, his editor Joe Orlando scolds him until Gil Kane finally kills him. The editor and writer however exact their vengeance by drawing Gil Kane into his own artwork which is then framed by Abel on the walls of the House of Mystery.
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Indexer Notes

The word "Cain!" appears in the story title, but is crossed out and replaced with "Kane".

Your Handy Cut-Out-And-Keep Guide To The House Of Mystery!! (Table of Contents)

The House Of Mystery / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Neil Gaiman
Pencils:
Sergio Aragones
Inks:
Sergio Aragones
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Todd Klein

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A guide to the rooms inside the House of Mystery.
Reprints:

Oh, Mom! Oh, Dad! You've Sent Me Away To Summer Camp... And I'm So Sad! (Table of Contents)

Richard / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Michael Fleisher; Maxene Fabe
Pencils:
Alex Nino
Inks:
Alex Nino
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
Alex Nino
Job Number:
J-1759

Genre:
horror-suspense
Characters:
camp kids [Richard ("Richie", boy in wheelchair); Timmy; Tony; and others]; counselor Bill; counselor Dave; counselor Larry; head counselor Ressler
Synopsis:
Little wheelchair-bound Richard is left by his parents at a strange summer camp. After one of the kids apparently drowns in a lake, the others begin murdering, one by one, the counselors, thinking they are aliens out to conquer the earth. Richard then tells this to the head counselor, but the other kids find out and want to kill him. As Richard flees he finds out that the counselors really were aliens, who then escape into outer space carrying away the entire camp to an unknown faraway destination.
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Molded In Evil (Table of Contents)

Pierre Gouny / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Ed Noonchester (idea); George Kashdan
Pencils:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Inks:
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Colors:
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters:
?
Job Number:
J-3283

Genre:
humor; horror-suspense
Characters:
Cain (story host); Clothilde (Pierre Gouny's wife); Pierre Gouny (sculptor)
Synopsis:
In 1850 Paris, Pierre Gouny, a sculptor, secretly discovers how to make statues come alive. His wife Clothilde, though, wants him to concentrate only on gargoyle statues that bring in the money. Exasperated, the sculptor makes a statue of a woman, so as to escape with her. His wife destroys it prompting him to murder and conceal her, ironically, inside a gargoyle statue which then comes alive making Pierre himself part of a sculpture.
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Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Cain
  2. 1. ["Welcome to my private aviary behind the House of Mystery!"]
    Cain
  3. 2. Welcome Back To... The House Of Mystery
    Cain
  4. 3. ["Right now, in the pages that follow you will encounter the following tales:"]
    Cain
  5. 4. The Gourmet
    Vernon Glute
  6. 5. Sno' Fun!
    Dr. Wallace B. Peterson
  7. 6. Nightmare
    Judy
  8. 7. The Secret Of The Egyptian Cat
    Isha
  9. 8. The House Of Endless Years
    Judy and Peggy
  10. 9. Cain's True Things You Didn't Know About The House Of Mystery!!!!
    Cain
  11. 10. "The Demon Within!"
    Gary Winters
  12. 11. The Burning!
    Adam Strat and Meg Cooper
  13. 12. "His Name Is... Kane"
    Gil Kane
  14. 13. Your Handy Cut-Out-And-Keep Guide To The House Of Mystery!!
    The House Of Mystery
  15. 14. Oh, Mom! Oh, Dad! You've Sent Me Away To Summer Camp... And I'm So Sad!
    Richard
  16. 15. Molded In Evil
    Pierre Gouny
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