(April-May 1974)

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Volume
23
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1974-01-10
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [block]
Editing
Joe Orlando; Paul Levitz (Assistant Editor)
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 Comic Reader #103.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Gerry Talaoc; Bill Draut; Alfredo Alcala
Inks
Gerry Talaoc; Bill Draut; Alfredo Alcala
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-3478
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (vignette)
Reprints

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

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

Script
?
Pencils
Joe Orlando
Inks
Joe Orlando
Colors
?
Letters
Milt Snapinn ?

Job Number
J-3483
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hee...hee... Welcome, fellow fiends... Welcome to the House of Mystery!
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Introductory page.

Night Stalker in Slim City (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
David Michelinie
Pencils
Frank Robbins
Inks
Frank Robbins
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-3419
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (host)
Reprints

[Eat at Joe's] (Table of Contents: 3)

Cain's Game Room / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Job Number
J-3469
Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Three one-panel gag cartoons.

The House of Endless Years (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 6.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway [as Gerard Conway]
Pencils
Bill Draut
Inks
Bill Draut
Colors
?
Letters
John Costanza

Job Number
J-3471
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (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.
Reprints

The Deadman's Lucky Scarf (Table of Contents: 5)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
David Izzo (plot); Michael Fleisher (script)
Pencils
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Inks
Alfredo Alcala (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-2078 ?
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (host)
Reprints

The Reluctant Sorcerer (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Howard Purcell
Pencils
Howard Purcell
Inks
Howard Purcell
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman

Job Number
J-153 ?
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Cain (host)
Reprints

The Masters of Mystery (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Line of DC Super-Stars (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.67 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Statement of October 1, 1973
Average number of copies sold during preceding 12 months (total paid circulation): 178,025
Actual number sold for issue nearest filing date (total paid circulation): 203,759
Owner: National Periodical Publications, Inc., wholly owned by Warner Communications, Inc., a publicly-held company, both at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, N.Y., N.Y. 10019

Abraca-Doom! (Table of Contents: 10)

The Spectre / comic story / 8.5 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil
Pencils
Berni Wrightson
Inks
Berni Wrightson
Colors
?
Letters
John Costanza ?

Job Number
J-3470
Genre
superhero
Characters
Cain (host); The Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Beelzebub/Mister Scratch/The Devil
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

The One and Only, Fully Guaranteed, Super-Permanent, 100%? (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Marv Wolfman
Pencils
Dick Dillin
Inks
Neal Adams
Colors
?
Letters
John Costanza

Job Number
J-3476
Genre
humor; horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (host)
Synopsis
Henpecked Stanley Landman mail-orders the answer to his problems.
Reprints

The Gift That Wiped Out Time (Table of Contents: 13)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Mort Meskin
Inks
George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
J-3481
Genre
crime; fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Cain (host)
Reprints

Biggest Bargain in Comics! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Masters of Mystery (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

Cain's Mail Room / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz ?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
J-3452

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from readers Greg Sims, Becky Brothers, Tom Trevor, Paul Kupperberg, Bob O'Brian, Pam Collins, Mark Lucke, Bob Rozakis, Christopher Moose, Cara Sherman, Lisa Anderson, Paul Edwards and Lawrence McDonald.

Sheer Fear! (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Sheldon Mayer
Pencils
Gerry Talaoc
Inks
Gerry Talaoc
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-3141
Genre
horror-suspense
Characters
Cain (host)
Reprints

[Burial at Sea] (Table of Contents: 18)

Cain's Game Room / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés (signed)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (signed)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (signed)
Colors
?

Job Number
J-3417
Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Three one-panel gags.

The Claws of Death! (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
George Kashdan
Pencils
Alex Niño
Inks
Alex Niño
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-3184
Genre
horror-suspense; war
Reprints

Mystery in Miniature! (Table of Contents: 20)

The Phantom Stranger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Jerry Grandenetti ?
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
J-3474
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Cain (host); Phantom Stranger
Reprints

Photo Finish! (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 3 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Skeates
Pencils
Mike Sekowsky
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
J-2017
Genre
horror-suspense
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Full art credited to Sekowsky on splash panel, but inks credit removed per Tony Isabella.

[Avalanche Climbers] (Table of Contents: 22)

Cain's Game Room / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
Sergio Aragonés (signed)
Pencils
Sergio Aragonés (signed)
Inks
Sergio Aragonés (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Job Number
J-3472
Genre
humor
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Three one-panel gag cartoons.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. ["Hee...hee... Welcome, fellow fiends... Welcome to the House of Mystery!"]
    Cain
  3. 2. Night Stalker in Slim City
  4. 3. [Eat at Joe's]
    Cain's Game Room
  5. 4. The House of Endless Years
  6. 5. The Deadman's Lucky Scarf
  7. 6. The Reluctant Sorcerer
  8. 7. The Masters of Mystery
  9. 8. The Line of DC Super-Stars
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. Abraca-Doom!
    The Spectre
  12. 11. ["The Spectre! Now starring in every issue of Adventure Comics"]
  13. 12. The One and Only, Fully Guaranteed, Super-Permanent, 100%?
  14. 13. The Gift That Wiped Out Time
  15. 14. Biggest Bargain in Comics!
  16. 15. The Masters of Mystery
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Cain's Mail Room
  18. 17. Sheer Fear!
  19. 18. [Burial at Sea]
    Cain's Game Room
  20. 19. The Claws of Death!
  21. 20. Mystery in Miniature!
    The Phantom Stranger
  22. 21. Photo Finish!
  23. 22. [Avalanche Climbers]
    Cain's Game Room
  24. 23. ["The next issue of the super-spectacular The House of Mystery..."]
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