Thursday, October 1, 2009

Grooviest Covers of All Time: Wrightson's House of Secrets

It's that time of year again, my ghoulish Groove-ophiles! Today, the Halloween Countdown for 2009 begins, and I can't think of many better ways to kick things off than by showcasing the moody masterpieces of the maniacally macabre Bernie Wrightson. Here's a horde of creepy covers from DC's House of Secrets.


  1. Those covers are something, aren't they? Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to the next 30 posts.

  2. Hey there Groovey One!
    I think Halloween is so big with our generation. Because of all these great horror comics were huge in the 70's. Plus all those great old monster movie shows we used to watch on tv. Like Shock theater, tv series like The Outer Limits & Twlight Zone.

    Man I loved those Bernie wrightson & Mike Ploog master pieces back then. Especially his House of Mystery & Swamp Thing! Do you remember those two awesome House of Mystery novels written by Jack Oleck in 73 I believe. With the 8 illustrations in each by Bernie Wrightson. As far as I know, they've never been reprinted any where either. I was incredibly lucky enough to get two nice reading copies of each & two mint copies also.

    Man those brought back some great memories. I can't wait to see what you have next for us! Remember those great pics in the old Marvel Calenders from 74-76. By Frank Brunner, Ploog & Gene Colan!

  3. Those are indeed truly amazing covers. I always preferred Abel's comic over Cain's. (BTW, You may want to doublecheck the final word in your entry.)

  4. Thanks for the heads up on my gaffe there, Michael! Typos--ya gotta luv 'em!

  5. I love #135; it's great to know that, even when the assignment called for evil bunnies, Wrightson was your man!

    Can't wait to see what you have cooked up for the next month, Groovy...

  6. Lots more Wrightson goodness is on the way for this month, Groove-ophiles. Bernie's art is waaaaaay too far-out to be confined to just one post!

    Mike, if I can get my hands on some scans of the Wrightson art from those House of Mystery novels, I'll definitely post 'em! I've been on the prowl for them (I don't have copies of my own, sniff). I have the 1978 Marvel calendar with the cool Paul Gulacy October pic, but that's all I have of the calendars. Something else to fish around the internet for!


    Here they are---beautiful high res scans, too! Click on each image to enlarge. I think the drawings in #2 are the best, but #1 has some good moments.

    Chris A.



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