Friday, January 16, 2009

By the 10's: House of Secrets, Part 1!

Time to start a new "By the 10's," and we're looking at DC's other House title, "The House of Secrets"!

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Issue 10 shows us that, like "House of Mystery," the book was almost more of a science fiction title than a spooky one, at least at the beginning!

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Issue 20 - Super Fireball Aliens From Space!

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Issue 30 - Mark Merlin was the first series character in HoS, so far as I can tell!

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Issue 40, and Mark Merlin's still around! I'm not too familiar with Mr. Merlin, myself.

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Issue 50 - you know, it seems to me a Mark Merlin/Adam Strange team-up would've been a natural!

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Issue 60, and Mark Merlin's adventures seem to be diverted from Sci-Fi to the Occult!

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By issue 70, Eclipso's taken over the cover spot! Super-heroes were definitely selling, and this seems to be the first time at a major company that a villain was the lead -- or at least title -- character of a series!

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Issue 80, and Eclipso's getting billed with Prince Ra-Man! Prince Ra-Man is the renamed Mark Merlin!

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By issue 90, House of Secrets has gained the look and feel that it's probably best-known for!

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Issue 100, and aren't these early covers of the New House of Mystery cool? More next time!

3 comments:

  1. wy is it, be you alien or Superpowered, in the world of DC, you either walk around bare leged to the thights (or skin-tight) or in fishnet..

    Boy, it shouldn't have been Caliber that did the comic version of the Rock Horror Picture Show, but DC eh?

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  2. That is one crazy conceptual leap between issue 80 and issue 90. I wonder if this might not be the most dramatic change in a book across a ten-issue gap in any of the "By the 10s" you've presented so far.

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  3. Manic Man - Because someone decided it's futuristic? Actually, the whole skintight supersuit concept was modeled after circus acrobats.

    RAB - Yes, that is about as far a leap as you could possiblhy imagine, eh?

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