House of Mystery #194 - Nestor Redondo (1st US work), Alex Toth art, Bernie Wrightson cover, Jack Kirby reprint

Bernie Wrightson
https://pencilink.blogspot.com/2013/07/master-list-of-firsts.html House of Mystery v1 #194, 1971 - An eye-catching Bernie Wrightson cover begins this issue, modeled after one of the story panels inside (improving it in the process). This tale of satanic incantations and love triangles is rendered graphically by Alex Toth. Some panels verge on the simplistic with their thick lines and borders. Still, the overall storytelling is nonetheless effective. This story was later reprinted in DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #24. Nestor Redondo makes his first contribution to American comics: 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.
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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 = ****

Alex Toth

Nestor Redondo
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