(October 1971)

DC, 1951 Series
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Price
0.25 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1971-08-19
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [character]
Editing
Joe Orlando
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Golden Age US; then standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched (squarebound #224-229)
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.


[Welcome to the House of Mystery!] (Table of Contents: 1)

House of Mystery / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Orlando
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés
Inks
Sergio Aragonés
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-920
Genre
humor
Characters
Cain; Gregory the Gargoyle
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Joe Orlando script credit from House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus (DC, 2019 series) #1.

Bat Out of Hell (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Oleck (credited)
Pencils
Nestor Redondo [as N. Redondo] (credited)
Inks
Nestor Redondo [as N. Redondo] (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-1251
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (host); Adam Leach
Synopsis
Adam Leach kills his wife and hides her body in a wall but a giant vampire bat begins to torment him.
Reprints

The Fantastic Wishing Well (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin [as Meskin] (signed)
Inks
George Roussos; Mort Meskin ?
Colors
?
Letters
Artie Simek

First Line of Dialogue or Text
If you'd have told me some time ago I'd find a wishing well that actually worked, I'd have laughed at you.
Genre
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Brad Horton
Synopsis
Brad Horton has stolen $150,000 in marked money. He jumps from a train into some woods looking for a place to bury the money until it is safe to spend. He trips and falls into an old well. He wishes he never left the train and suddenly finds himself back there. Leaving the train again he finds his way back to the well where a stone tells him that wishes cost a nickel. He wishes for a million dollars and uses this to buy up the well and surrounding land. Officials visit and want to know the source of his wealth. He makes a wish to escape but the nickel is fake and he is arrested.
Reprints
Keywords
marked money; nickel; wishing well

Indexer Notes

Signature (Meskin) on lower edge of splash panel.

Following discussion on GCD Main, inker changed to George Roussos with a query on Meskin as inker. Meskin and Roussos had a collaborative relationship from the 1940s onwards (information from Lambiek).

While Meskin and Roussos DID collaborate extensively during this period, their inking styles were quite distinct. A look at the faces in close up will usually reveal which man has inked them. This looks like pure Meskin.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Cain's Gargoyles / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés
Inks
Sergio Aragonés
Colors
?

Job Number
J-1045
Genre
humor
Synopsis
3 gag cartoons
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sergio Aragonés script credit from House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus (DC, 2019 series) #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Cain's Gargoyles / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés
Inks
Sergio Aragonés
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-1193
Genre
humor
Synopsis
3 gag cartoons
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Sergio Aragonés script credit from House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus (DC, 2019 series) #1.

Countdown! (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Len Wein
Pencils
Ralph Reese [as Reese] (signed)
Inks
Ralph Reese [as Reese] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Milt Snapinn

Job Number
G-309
Genre
horror-suspense; science fiction
Characters
Cain (host); Jason; Valerie; Peter
Synopsis
Peter and Jason were competing to be the pilot on the first mission to Mars until Peter killed Jason to ensure he would be the pilot.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Len Wein script credit from House of Mystery: The Bronze Age Omnibus (DC, 2019 series) #1.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Cain's Mail Room / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Joe Orlando ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
J-1366

Indexer Notes

Letters submitted by Scott Strider; Doug Brown; Ralph Alfonso; "Countess Deborah."

Things Old... Things Forgotten (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bernie Wrightson
Inks
Bernie Wrightson
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
284
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (host); Igor Lazlo; Gork; Eric Roder; Hans
Synopsis
Igor Lazlo is creating a road thru the Old Hills in Central Europe but some creature is stopping his progress.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story has Swamp Thing and Parliament of Trees similarities or overtones, and is listed in Overstreet as "Swamp creature story by Wrightson similar to Swamp Thing." One creature looks like The Heap plus there is an Old Ones / Elementals ("creatures of the old hills") vibe.

Who Am I? (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bernard Baily
Inks
Bernard Baily
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-1344
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man with amnesia is forced to steal against his will by a disembodied head. He is a robot, and the head belongs to his creator. When the police trail the robot home, the scientist tries to escape, but he and the robot end up falling to their deaths.
Reprints

Trick or Treat (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mike Kaluta [as M.W. Kaluta] (signed)
Inks
Mike Kaluta [as M.W. Kaluta] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway

Job Number
G-390
Genre
horror-suspense
Synopsis
A lethal virus which can only be destroyed by contact with water is being transported on the Titanic.
Reprints
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Bat Out of Hell!
  2. 1. [Welcome to the House of Mystery!]
    House of Mystery
  3. 2. Bat Out of Hell
  4. 3. The Fantastic Wishing Well
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Cain's Gargoyles
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Cain's Gargoyles
  7. 6. Countdown!
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Cain's Mail Room
  9. 8. Things Old... Things Forgotten
  10. 9. Who Am I?
  11. 10. Trick or Treat
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