Thursday, April 6, 2017

DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4 / Weird Mystery Tales - Bernie Wrightson art & cover, non-attributed Wrightson art

Bernie Wrightson
DC 100 Page Super Spectacular v1 #4 / Weird Mystery Tales, 1971 - DC introduces the first super spectacular, offering up 100 pages for the then-exorbitant price of fifty cents. Mostly reprints from House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Unexpected and the Phantom Stranger, these tales are augmented by Bernie Wrightson's superb contributions. The dark humor of his pitch black cover sets the tone for the rest of the book. It looks even better repeated on the back cover without the text and masthead. Wrightson also illustrates five divider pages, using himself as host and narrator. Each is sumptuously drawn, enhanced by delicately applied strokes. Not attributed in comic book guides is Wrightson's small illo for the text story, "Childhood Haunt". This is number 1 of 1 DC 100 Page Super Spectacular issues with Wrightson art and/or covers.
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Wrightson front & back cover (same image) pencils and inks = ****
"Macabre Mystery" Wrightson pencils and inks 1 page = ****
"Eerie Adventure" Wrightson pencils and inks 1 page = ****
"Science Fiction" Wrightson pencils and inks 1 page = ****
"Monsters" Wrightson pencils and inks 1 page = ****
"Childhood Haunt" Wrightson text illo pencils and inks 1 page = ***

Bernie Wrightson
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  1. Actually, the cover scares me. It fell like this monster, or whatever it is, is going to get out of the cover and kills me. I’m not much of a fan of horror comics. Comics should be enjoyable and funny, and not horrible and scary. My friends love horror comics. She is the number one fan of Berni Wrightson. I’m sure she’s familiar with this DC 100 pages. Anyway, I will recommend her to enter this blog and read the post. She’ll find it more fun to read than I am. Thank you!

  2. I'm a big fan of Wrightson as well, mostly his 1970s comics. Eventually this blog will cover all of his great works. Thanks for the comments!

  3. After Wrightson's run of frontispieces for DC's HOUSE OF SECRETS and HOUSE OF MYSTERY from 1970-73 he did a series of equally excellent frontispieces (inside front covers, actually) for Warren's CREEPY and EERIE magazines in 1974-75 featuring horror hosts Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie. His first, for CREEPY #62, was a beautiful inkwash portrait of Uncle Creepy, and this issue also contained Wrightson's adaptation of Poe's "The Black Cat," drawn in January, 1974, his first comics story after leaving the SWAMP THING series.

  4. Scary,,,Great Review! Well written and quite descriptive as well... If any item or topic comes out then you should be the one releasing it to the public and make it known!

  5. Saving this to my reading list (you gotta love the new Safari feature on iOS 5!). Great post.... P.S. Happy Friday, everyone :)