Tuesday, March 31, 2015

House of Secrets #106 - Bernie Wrightson cover, Alex Nino art

Bernie Wrightson
House of Secrets v1 #106, 1973 - The rescue of a lost seaman prompts a journalist to search for his claim of a vampire-infested island. Alex Nino does a splendid panel of a raging storm at sea (see interior page below). From there, his artwork somewhat deteriorates due to overly distorted faces. By contrast, Bernie Wrightson's cover is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is horrific. Spindly branches fill the layout, heightening tension in an already frightening scene. Shadows are cast menacingly across the woman's back, completing one of the artist's best bronze age covers. Other artists in this issue include Ruben Yandoc and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 3 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Nino art and/or covers and number 9 of 11 House of Secrets issues with Wrightson art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Nino, Wrightson or House of Secrets issues. See also this blog's Nino checklist, Wrightson checklist or Top 10 Wrightson comics.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = *****
"The Island of No Return" Nino pencils and inks 7 pages = **
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Alex Nino
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More Wrightson posts:
Showcase #83
DC Special Series #2
Weird Mystery #21


More Nino posts:
Adventure Comics #427
House of Secrets #109
Marvel Classics #8

2 comments:

  1. Something doesn't look right with the shadow on the woman's face on the cover. Notice the jawline- oddly separate from the main shadow on the face and lacking the masterful finesse we expect from Wrightson. I suspect something didn't reproduce right or the face was reworked.

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  2. Hmmm... doesn't really bother me. I'm ok with a certain level of distortion or misproportion, as long as it doesn't detract from the overall aesthetic.

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