House of Horror 38 - Bronze Age Horror Anthologies!

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I really hope everyone enjoyed Shadowpact as much as I did. I would love to see that team return to the shelves of my local comic shop. This week has a lot of fun books.

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Think of this week’s book selections as a sample platter of anthology horror comics. DC had a rich history of horror books and we have not even put a dent into the amazing output during the Bronze Age and most notably the 1970s. Of course, one of my personal favorites, Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love is on this list. This will be the last time, I promise, that we will see that title on our reading list. However, we might see Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion.

If you want to learn more about horror comics that DC released in the 1970s, I strongly suggest this blog post.

:house_of_horror: Books to Read :house_of_horror:

Doorway to Nightmare 2 (1978) (rated 12+)

Tales of Ghost Castle 1 (1975) (rated 12+)

House of Secrets 99 (1956) (rated 12+)

Weird Mystery Tales 10 (1972) (rated 12+)

The Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love 4 (1971) (rated 12+)

Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion 5 (1972) (rated 12+)

Don’t forget to tell us your thoughts on Bronze Age horror comics!!!

No new horror comics are coming out this week.

New books on DCUI
8/24/2021 *subject to change

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Interesting set of stories. The last one is a ripoff of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I liked the Madame Xanadu story best.

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Yes, agreed on Xanadu….

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I absolutely love the old anthologies!

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Tales of Ghost Castle sounds interesting to me.

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We only have 2 issues of that on DCUI. I often wonder how that happens, getting 2 issues of archival releases. Same happened with Elvira’s House of Mystery.

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Yeah, it feels poorly planned. Maybe someone requested it and they just did what was requested.

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I do remember Elvira 4, skipping the historic third issue, being announced and then there were umm staff changes and the push for DCUI became the main focus. I haven’t heard anything since regarding that series and I think Tales of Ghost Castle fell in that same pit of uncertainty.

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We may have to start an Elvira or Ghost Castle request campaign.

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I was there reading these books in the 70s.good stuff

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Two issues are better than no issues.

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That is very true. Still can’t hurt to want more. haha

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I agree with the group that Madame Xanadu was the best story. Fantastic art on it and most of the stories. The Filipino artists were so lush.

Regarding the release of just a few issues, could that be part of the management change? Dan Didio seemed to like ‘70s comics and the release of the horror omnibuses happened under him. Maybe AT&T halted restoration of the issues? I’m assuming they were trying to preserve cash after the merger and halted anything that didn’t have a large return.

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You know, you might be on to something regarding DiDio. Under his leadership we had New 52 which brought back a horror line along with those omnibuses.

Regarding restoration, I wonder if Tales of Ghost Castle was restored before DiDio left and we got the fruit of that labor before it was squashed for something bigger or if the 2020 implosion squashed it.

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You nailed it. I also think that’s why so many trades and omnibuses were canceled. I heard they were working on a Hercules Unbound hardcover that was canceled. DiDio who is controversial did champion different works than the usual Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen reprints.

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Great insight, I don’t know enough inside baseball to have put those pieces together. I’m so glad he brought back the horror books :books:

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I loved the idea of conjuring demons with science. The art was fantastic, I feel like they did a good job of capturing that 70’s New York vibe.

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He may have been controversial on so many levels but I never doubted his commitment to works outside of the normal Batman related stuff.

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Also I agree with the Madame Xanadu story being the best of the lot. Loved the art especially.

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I found it interesting that the story was set in New York rather than Gotham or Metropolis. I guess the horror books could take place outside of the DC Universe.

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