Monday, July 20, 2009

House of Mystery #229 - Nestor Redondo art, Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth reprints


House of Mystery v1 #229, 1975 - When a newlywed couple's car breaks down, the husband looks for help while the wife subsequently takes refuge at a nearby castle. It's creepy inhabitants, not surprisingly, have other plans for her. Nestor Redondo's tale resembles DC's earlier attempts at gothic romance, although more frightful in tone. One of his longest bronze age works, the artist paces and composes the story with great skill. Each page is beautifully rendered, starting with the horrific opening splash to the shocking finale. Reprints fill the bulk of the issue, including work by Alex Toth (House of Mystery #187) and Bernie Wrightson (House of Mystery #183). The cover borrows art from the interior story and the cover of DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4. Other artists in this issue include Wayne Howard and Mort Meskin (reprints). This is number 11 of 16 House of Mystery issues with Redondo art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Redondo or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist, Wrightson checklist, Top 10 Wrightson comics, Redondo checklist or Top 10 Redondo comics.
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"Nightmare Castle" Redondo story pencils and inks 36 pages = ****
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Find on ebay: >this issue, >more Redondo issues, >more Toth issues>more Wrightson issues>more House of Mystery issues

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