House of Mystery #256 - Bernie Wrightson cover, Alex Nino art

Bernie Wrightson
House of Mystery v1 #256, 1978 - On this Halloween cover, Cain holds a demonic pumpkin that resembles the cover of Secrets of Haunted House #5. Both are exceptional works by Bernie Wrightson, whose fine brushwork is evident in throughout the scene. Even the eerie coloration adds to its overall appeal. Alex Nino employs more lines than usual in his tale of a French artist whose frightful work comes to life. His opening page appears overworked but more typical work follows. The most memorable scene depicts one of the artist's nightmarish paintings, filling the entire page for full effect (see interior page below). Other artists in this issue include Dick Ayers, Wayne Howard, Romeo Tanghal, Bob Smith, Arthur Suydam and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 27 of 27 House of Mystery issues with Wrightson art and/or covers (not including reprints) and number 13 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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"Museum of Murder" Nino story pencils and inks 9 pages = ***

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