Thursday, January 2, 2014

House of Mystery #194 - Bernie Wrightson cover, Alex Toth, Nestor Redondo art, Jack Kirby reprint

Bernie Wrightson
House of Mystery v1 #194, 1971 - An eye-catching Bernie Wrightson cover begins this issue, modeled after a story panel inside (improving it in the process). This tale of satanic incantations and love triangles is rendered graphically by Alex Toth. Though overall effective, some panels border on simplistic. Nestor Redondo makes his first contribution to the series: a tale set in the European middle ages. When a weakling prince is elevated to king, he must prove himself worthy of protecting his people from a monstrous killer. Village and palace settings are gorgeously drawn in resplendent detail (see interior page below). Lastly, the issue contains a Jack Kirby reprint from House of Mystery #84. This is number 8 of 8 House of Mystery issues with Toth art and/or covers, number 9 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 1 of 16 House of Mystery issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Wrightson, Toth, Redondo, Kirby or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Wrightson checklist, Top 10 Wrightson comicsRedondo checklist, Toth checklistKirby checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = ****
"Born Loser" Toth story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***
"The King is Dead" Redondo story pencils and inks 10 pages = ****

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Alex Toth

Nestor Redondo
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More Wrightson posts:
Swamp Thing v1 #10 1970s bronze age dc comic book cover art by Bernie Wrightson
Swamp Thing #10
House of Mystery #195
Creepy #83

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