Sinister House of Secret Love #3 - Alex Toth art

Sinister House of Secret Love v1 #3, 1972 - A young woman travels to a meet a handsome but reclusive foreigner in this gothic romance tale. In one of his longest stories for DC, Alex Toth demonstrates a mastery of pacing and page design. Like many of his bronze age efforts, his style is streamlined and graphic, while conveying the complex moods of the characters. Several noteworthy panels include the symbolic correspondence of the characters on page 6, their silent first embrace on page 9 (see interior page shown below), and the abstract shadows of a leafy canopy on page 15. This story was later reprinted in DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #20. The cameo-shaped cover design is beautifully painted, but the artist is unknown to me. This is number 1 of 1 Sinister House of Secret Love issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Bride of the Falcon" Toth story pencils (Frank Giacoia inks, Doug Wildey partial inks) 36 pages = ****

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  1. Cover is by George Ziel, and was originally the cover for a Paperback Library Gothic, “The House of Terror” by Edward Woodward. Lynn Monroe has an excellent article and checklist of Ziel’s work in his blog.