Sunday, October 5, 2008

secrets of the sinister house 12...

Secrets of the Sinister House was another of DC's shorter lived horror titles from the 1970s. It started as "Sinister House of Secret Love" (great title!) then became "Secrets of the Sinister House" starting with issue five. The series lasted through issue 18. Issue 12 features art by Alex Nino and Alfred Alcala, as well as a cover by Luis Dominguez. The stories were written by Jack Oleck and E. Nelson Birdwell. Both Oleck and Birdwell were longtime comics writer. Birdwell wrote for Action Comics, Adventure Comics, World's Finest, Legion of Superheroes and MAD magazine. He co-created superhero parody comics the Inferior Five, and the characters Fire & Ice, who would go on to appear in the Keith Giffen-JM DeMatteis Justice League. "Secrets of the Sinister House" #12 also features a gag page by the great Sergio Aragones. As far as I can tell, no writer or artist are credited on the first story "A Very Cold Guy."





It isn't especially Halloweeneriosh, but I also dug this somewhat stark ad for the counterculture/hipster/semipolitical title "Prez," put out by DC in the early 70s.  The graphic aesthetic seems to be inspired, at least in part, by the design aspects of films such as Zabriske Point, from just a few years earlier...

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