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

Neal Adams
House of Mystery v1 #254, 1977 - A massive octopus-like creature bemoans the fact that he was once human on Neal Adams' somber cover. Within the issue, the tale of an old sailor's ghost benefits from Steve Ditko's pencils. Marshall Rogers tells of a country doctor and a town's demonic occurrences (see interior page below). 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, the story of a murderer possessed is heightened by Alex Nino's artwork. Sharply drawn, his nightmarish imagery is appropriately eerie and disturbing. 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.
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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 = ****

Steve Ditko

Marshall Rogers
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