House of Mystery #236 - Bernie Wrightson cover, Steve Ditko, Neal Adams art

Bernie Wrightson
House of Mystery v1 #236, 1975 - A horrific cover image of a skull emerging from the muck begins this issue. Patterned birches on either side of the figures enclose and frame the potential murder scene. This is among Bernie Wrightson's best late bronze age covers. Inside, Steve Ditko tells of a ghostly prank gone horribly awry. His style is more whimsical than serious, perhaps setting the wrong tone. In another story, a devious plot ensues to fake a family member's death. Neal Adams' inks keep the scenes appropriately dark, but his detailing is minimal. With the exception of one or two panels (see interior page below), his work is barely recognizable. This is number 22 of 26 House of Mystery issues with Adams art and/or covers, number 1 of 6 House of Mystery issues with Ditko art and/or covers and number 25 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (13 of 15 covers).
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = ****
"Deep Sleep" Adams story inks (Paul Kirchner pencils) 9 pages = *
'Death Played A Sideshow'' Ditko story pencils (Mike Royer inks) 8 pages = **

Steve Ditko

Neal Adams
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