Monday, October 17, 2011

Groove's Faves: "He Who Laughs Last..." by Wein, Wrightson, and Kaluta

Here's a veritable dream team delivering the nightmares, Groove-ophiles! You could just say that it's Len Wein, Berni Wrightson, and Mike Kaluta clownin' around, but Ol' Groove thinks this is some primo produce on the spook-tacular scale! From House of Mystery #221 (October 1973), you're about to learn about "He Who Laughs Last..."
Cover art by Bernie Wrightson


  1. Dream/ Nightmare team is right! All you needed was Mike Ploog to have the Fantastic Four of the horror genre! It's too bad they all did work together on a regular bases more.

    Would had loved to see them on Marvel's monster/supernature hero mags. Especially the almost forgotten Scarecrow.

  2. Wow! I actually remember this one! It reminds me of why I still love comics.

  3. This story was announced back in 1970 or '71 in an old issue of HOUSE OF MYSTERY in my collection (in the letters' page), yet it never saw print (or perhaps completion) until 1973. Originally a Wrightson solo story, we see him and Kaluta trade off pencils and inks (as they did in THE SHADOW #3).

    Best regards,

    Chris A.

  4. Yes, it was announced on the letters page of HOUSE OF MYSTERY #191, cover dated March-April, 1971 (so that means that it was put together in late 1970). Wrightson was working on his BADTIME STORIES anthology in 1970-71, so perhaps he put aside the story and Kaluta finished it three years later.



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