Wednesday, October 21, 2009

House of Mystery #254 - Neal Adams cover, Steve Ditko, Alex Nino, Marshall Rogers art

House of Mystery v1 #254, 1977 - Chock full of terrific artwork, this issue begins with Neal Adams' somber cover. A massive octopus-like creature bemoans the fact that he was once human.  final cover for the series ends a splendid second run. Alex Nino's already sharp-edged artwork is even more disturbing in his tale of a possessed murderer. Marshall Rogers makes a rare contribution to the series with his short story, about an old country doctor and the devilish acts occurring in his community. The ending is frankly silly, but his first three pages are artfully crafted (this story was later reprinted in Shadow of the Batman #5). Finally, Steve Ditko's pencils on a tale of an old sailor's ghost (see inset above) is adequate, but meshes better than expected with the inks of Wayne Howard, a Wally Wood imitator and Charlton comics regular. Other artists in this issue include

This is number 26 of 26 House of Mystery issues with Adams art and/or covers, number 3 of 6 House of Mystery issues with Ditko art and/or covers, number 1 of 2 House of Mystery issues with Rogers art and/or covers and number 11 of 14 House of Mystery issues with Nino art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Adams, Nino, Ditko, Rogers or House of Mystery issues. See also this blog's Adams checklistTop 10 Adams comicsNino checklistDitko checklist, Rogers checklist or Top 10 Rogers comics.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"Good for Nothing
" Ditko story pencils (Wayne Howard inks) 7 pages = ***
"The Devil's Plague" Rogers story pencils and inks 7 pages = ***
"Dead Man's Bride" Nino story pencils and inks 7 pages = ****
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