(July 1998)

DC, 1998 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
5.95 USD; 8.50 CAD
Pages
100
On-sale date
1998-05-13
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC; Vertigo
Barcode
761941213583 00111
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

Issue Notes

Reprints from 1969-1974 select stories from House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) and Plop! (DC, 1973 series) with some new material.


[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)
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Welcome to my private aviary behind the House of Mystery!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain; Gregory (gargoyle)
Synopsis
Cain welcomes kids to his aviary and speaks of his poacher problem.
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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: 2)

Cain / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Neil Gaiman
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés
Inks
Sergio Aragonés
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3)

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
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Right now, in the pages that follow you will encounter the following tales:
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: 4)

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: 5)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés
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: 6)

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: 7)

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: 8)

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: 9)

Cain / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Neil Gaiman
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés
Inks
Sergio Aragonés
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: 10)

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: 11)

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: 12)

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: 13)

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

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

Genre
humor
Synopsis
A guide to the rooms inside the House of Mystery.
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Oh, Mom! Oh, Dad! You've Sent Me Away to Summer Camp... and I'm So Sad! (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Fleisher; Maxene Fabe
Pencils
Alex Niño
Inks
Alex Niño
Colors
Tom Ziuko (color reconstruction)
Letters
Alex Niño

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: 15)

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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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
  6. 5. Sno' Fun!
  7. 6. Nightmare
  8. 7. The Secret of the Egyptian Cat
  9. 8. The House of Endless Years
  10. 9. Cain's True Things You Didn't Know About The House of Mystery!!!!
    Cain
  11. 10. The Demon Within!
  12. 11. The Burning!
  13. 12. His Name Is... 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!
  16. 15. Molded in Evil
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Tony R. Rose
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  • Mike Nielsen
  • Jerry Hillegas
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Max Capp
  • Gregory Fischer
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