Review: Showcase Presents the House of Mystery Vol.1

The House of Mystery is not a good comic.  The book was DC’s attempt at a horror anthology, very much in the Tales from the Crypt vein (complete with awful pun spewing host), except under the silver age comics code so no interesting stories could be told in such a format.  The end result is a collection of mediocre campfire tales with occasionally clever strips from Sergio Aragones.

But the saving grace of this collection is the art.  This book contains a who’s who of comics legends; Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth, Wally Wood and tons of others.  This is also one of the times in which having a black and white collection is really a virtue.  

So in summary, as an art gallery this book is great, but as a comic it falls flat.

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