1/23/20

House of Mystery #204 - Alex Nino art (1st US work), Bernie Wrightson art & cover

Bernie Wrightson


House of Mystery v1 #204, 1972
- Lost in the swamps, a young couple encounters a broken down shack with the oddest residents. Slimy and viscous, Bernie Wrightson's cover design sets the tone for his equally exceptional feature story. Drawn two years earlier, the work is disturbing yet beautiful. Character faces and figures are contorted into horrific displays against dark, ominous backdrops. This story was later reprinted in DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #24. Alex Nino does nearly as well on his old European tale of a beautiful woman and her ardent suitor. His sharp layouts are both daring and contemporary in their design. Panels meld together, affecting pacing without losing clarity. This is Nino's first published work in American comics. Other artists in this issue include Win Mortimer. See the original cover for this issue. This is number 13 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 1 of 14 House of Mystery issues with Nino art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Nino gallery and Wrightson gallery. Find >this issue or more >Nino, >Wrightson or >House of Mystery issues on ebay.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = ****
"All in the Family" Wrightson pencils and inks 9 pages = ****
"To Die for Magda" Nino story pencils and inks 10 pages = ***


Bernie Wrightson
Alex Nino
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