1/20/14

House of Mystery #204 - Bernie Wrightson art & cover, Alex Nino art (1st US work)

Bernie Wrightson
House of Mystery v1 #204, 1972 - Lost in the swamps, a young couple encounters a broken down shack with the oddest residents. Slimy and viscous, Bernie Wrightson's cover design sets the tone for his equally exceptional feature story. Drawn two years earlier, the work is disturbing yet beautiful. Character faces and figures are contorted into horrific displays against dark, ominous backdrops. Alex Nino does nearly as well on his old European tale of a beautiful woman and her ardent suitor. His sharp layouts are both daring and contemporary in their design. Panels meld together, affecting pacing without losing clarity. This is Nino's first published work in American comics. Other artists in this issue include Win Mortimer. This is number 13 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 1 of 14 House of Mystery issues with Nino art and/or covers.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = ****
"All in the Family" Wrightson pencils and inks 9 pages = ****
"To Die for Magda" Nino story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***


Bernie Wrightson
Alex Nino
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