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House of Mystery #180 - Neal Adams cover, Bernie Wrightson, Wally Wood art

Neal Adams
House of Mystery v1 #180, 1969 - A barbarian takes on the daunting task of slaying a dragon that's terrorizing a local village. Gil Kane's pencils do not disappoint on this heroic tale, aided by Wally Wood's smooth inks. The duo also collaborate on a shorter story, where Kane himself is embroiled in a mystery. This issue's best work is by Bernie Wrightson, who tells of an Englishman who encounters a specter (see interior page below). Though early in his career, the artwork shows great skill and attentiveness. Neal Adams wraps everything up in his typically monstrous cover design. "Scared to Life" was later reprinted in House of Mystery #226), while "His Name is Kane" was later reprinted in both Welcome Back to the House of Mystery #1 and Limited Collectors' Edition #C-23. Other artists in this issue include Joe Orlando and Sergio Aragones. This is number 6 of 26 House of Mystery issues with Adams art and/or covers, number 1 of 7 House of Mystery issues with Wood art and/or covers and number 2 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"Comes a Warrior" Wood story inks (Gil Kane pencils) 10 pages = ***
"His Name is Kane" Wood story inks (Gil Kane pencils) 7 pages = ***
"Scared to Life" Wrightson story pencils and inks 3 pages = ***

Wally Wood

Bernie Wrightson
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