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Showcase Presents House Of Mystery TP Vol 3 [Paperback]

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10 Feb 2009 Showcase Presents (Book 3)
Written by Jack Oleck, Steve Skeates, Sheldon Mayer, Michael Fleisher and others Cover by Bernie Wrightson Art by Alex Nino, Ruben Yandoc, Nestor Redondo, Gerry Talaoc and others DC Comics serves up another helping of horror in this amazing collection featuring tales from HOUSE OF MYSTERY #212-226! It's classic, bone-chilling intensity from the DC vaults!

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (10 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401221831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221836
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 16.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neal Adams has a career in comics stretching over five decades. His vast list of credits include X-Men, Batman, JLA, Teen Titans, The Flash and Green Lantern. Gil Kane began his career in comics in the 60s and went on to draw the likes of Superman, Teen Titans, Amazing Spider-Man and Daredevil, to name but a few. Robert Kanigher worked on an incredible array of comics including The Justice Society of America, Hawkman, Green Lantern, G.I. Combat and Our Army at War. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far out freak Cosmos! 5 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
It's the best volume of the lot thus far -- looking at the DC horror series in context now, these comics were a significant departure from the EC formula, which had emphasised 1950's gangster 'culture' and a 'pulp fiction' detective approach,albeit within very gory stories.

Also, the Marvel stories in the horror format were typically far more 'socially relevant' than the DC universe, drawing attention to racial issues, 'black power', the Vietnam war and environmental issues ( 'Man thing' ) as well as introducing cosmic themes of loneliness and the existential state of man ( 'Silver Surfer'), as well as verging into the plain dopey and the cod mystical ( 'Dr. Strange').

The DC horror 'cosmos' for its part, never got the praise it deserved, and was roundly ignored as inferior, slap dash and derivative product.

The fanatics amongst us always knew that judgement was simply wrong. And these reissues prove the value of the DC horror comics, particularly in the stunning work of the Filipino artists and in the clever short story scripts, some of which are hokey it's true, but a number feature tersely intelligent plots that easily rival the most offbeat prose and narrative of the early 'Twilight Zone' or 'Alfred Hitchcock presents' series.

All the 'characters' are here in the bizarre DC Cosmos : Nazi officers on the run clash with wizards in an Algerian desert; mean spirited business men ( literally) fall into the painting of hell they have above their desks; greedy landlords exploiting the poor get stopped in their tracks by voodoo dolls; greedy nightclub owners and rock stars in flares and paisley scarves make a pact with satan, ancient sailors rise from their ocean tombs, and witches lure avaricious bachelors to their doom.

Take that trip !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The roots of DC's Vertigo line 22 Feb 2009
By Michael W. Draine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was 12 years old when these 1973-74 stories were first published, and at the time they were definitely scary. Volume 3 is the stongest volume in SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE HOUSE OF MYSTERY thus far, as editor Joe Orlando's stable of writers and artists were hitting their stride. The "Filipino Invasion" was in full swing, with at least one story by Alex Niño, Nestor Redondo, Alfredo Alcala, E.R. Cruz, Ruben Yandoc, Gerry Talaoc, or Jess Jolodman appearing in each issue. Perfectly suited for the fantasy/horror genre, the Filipino school was distinguished by calligraphic brushwork, with beautifully rendered drapery and exotic women. Though Bernie Wrightson is identified with DC's mystery books, his contribution was primarily in the area of covers and introductory splash pages. This volume reprints a few very early (1968) Wrightson stories, including a story from THE SPECTRE, but the artist was just beginning to learn his craft at the time. A Wrightson/Kaluta collaboration is one of the highlights of this volume. The scripts are noticeably better than in the earlier issues; though often predictable, the stories tap into some of the wild energy (and jaundiced view of human nature) of the classic EC Comics. Reproduction is for the most part excellent, from high quality photostats. With comparison to the original comics, it's apparent that certain artists such as Niño were designing with color in mind, so I hope the sales of this bargain-priced volume will warrant full color archives of the best of DC's mystery books. Highly recommended.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far out freak world. 18 Mar 2009
By Red Eyes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's the best volume of the lot thus far -- looking at the DC horror series in context now, these comics were a significant departure from the EC formula, which had emphasised 1950's gangster 'culture' and a 'pulp fiction' detective approach,albeit within very gory stories.

Also, the Marvel stories in the horror format were typically far more 'socially relevant' than the DC universe, drawing attention to racial issues, 'black power', the Vietnam war and environmental issues ( 'Man thing' ) as well as introducing cosmic themes of loneliness and the existential state of man ( 'Silver Surfer'), as well as verging into the plain dopey and the cod mystical ( 'Dr. Strange').

The DC horror 'cosmos' for its part, never got the praise it deserved, and was roundly ignored as inferior, slap dash and derivative product.

The fanatics amongst us always knew that judgement was simply wrong. And these reissues prove the value of the DC horror comics, particularly in the stunning work of the Filipino artists and in the clever short story scripts, some of which are hokey it's true, but a number feature tersely intelligent plots that easily rival the most offbeat prose and narrative of the early 'Twilight Zone' or 'Alfred Hitchcock presents' series.

All the 'characters' are here in the bizarre DC Cosmos : Nazi officers on the run clash with wizards in an Algerian desert; mean spirited business men ( literally) fall into the painting of hell they have above their desks; greedy landlords exploiting the poor get stopped in their tracks by voodoo dolls; cold hearted nightclub owners and rock stars in flares and paisley scarves make a pact with satan, ancient sailors rise from their ocean tombs, and witches lure avaricious bachelors to their doom.

Take that trip !
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Comics were Cool 7 July 2011
By Anthonyv - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This chronological collection of comic book horror stories captures a time in the early 1970s when a new generation of artists like Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Alfredo Alcala, Alex Nino, Jack Sparling, Mike Ploog (many of whose artwork is seen within this book), and others were lifting the medium's graphic palette beyond that of cartoon books into more cinematically inspired, wonderfully wrought images, capturing a more realistic and deliciously dangerous tone. It was like comics books weren't just for children anymore. It was neat. As an eleven-year-old kid, I could go down to my neighborhood liquor store and immerse myself in strange stories of the weird and wonderful, nervously stumble down dilapidated halls of exquisite gothic terror, or shiver in revulsion at the secret heart of evil in all men and the ghastly price they all must pay- stuff your parents and teachers wouldn't and couldn't tell you about. It provided a counterpoint for the natural curiosity the dark side of my imagination had living in the bland domesticity it felt entrapped within. Now, parents and teachers and "bland domesticity" are wonderful and beautiful things, most surely to be appreciated, but every boy needs a secret source to go to, a hidden place where demons, monsters, and ghosts gather to shriek, growl, and whispher about the fantastic and the exotic, the horrific and the grotesque, and the outre and the arcane, and many of the stories in this collection are the next best thing to it...and you don't have to sign a pact with the devil or be left with unsightly fang marks on your neck to visit...though we can't guarantee your hair won't turn white!
4.0 out of 5 stars Great cover and great stories! 19 April 2013
By Sajid G. Mulla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good old funky story from the seventies nowadays writers are interested in arcs because that is how revenue come in. Not a lot of one shot stories like they had back in the day like they had in this volume in this day and age. If you like reading stories with twists, morality, and scifi horror blended in these House of Mystery and House Secret TPB should not be missed.

The only downside is its in black and white but the shading is pretty good definitely should not be missed but you already knew that considering the price.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Classics! 29 Jan 2011
By Dylan Cassard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book contains within its fragile black and white newsprint pages, some of the best horror illustrations in comic history. Forget EC and its clumsy inks and poor use of text boxes and lettering, the DC bronze age comics were a true marvel. With the flickering candle light images of Alex Nino or the moody line heavy drafting of Alfredo Alcala, and the talents of many other fine pencil/inkers this volume is an essential book in any comic art enthusiast's collection.
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