Saturday, March 8, 2014

House of Mystery #182 - Neal Adams cover, Alex Toth art

Neal Adams
House of Mystery v1 #182, 1969 - A little girl disappears into a decorative mirror while her playmate looks on in disbelief. This Neal Adams cover is among his best of the genre, dark and enigmatic. The cover's story begins immediately inside with an eerie Alex Toth title page. Cain, the series host, peers at the reader while lit by a large glowing doorway below. Toth incorporates the typography right into the illustration, adding surrounding textures to evoke mystery and mysticism. The remaining pages are simpler in nature, but adequately paced and designed. The artist's minimal style is evident on the interior page shown below (this story was later reprinted in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-23). This is number 8 of 26 House of Mystery issues with Adams art and/or covers and number 4 of 8 House of Mystery issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams, Toth or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist, Top 10 Adams comics or Toth checklist.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ****
"Devil's Doorway" Toth story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***

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Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
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More Adams posts:
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Brave and Bold #83

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