Category Archives: House of Secrets

House of Secrets: Foundation

 

House of Secrets: Foundation
By Stephen T. Seagle (writer) and Teddy Kristiansen (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1997

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893622

Synopsis from publisher:
In the fully painted psychological thriller and horror story HOUSE OF SECRETS: FOUNDATION, teenage runaway Rain Harper becomes part of a supernatural justice system when she takes up residence in a haunted mansion. Holding court within the abandoned house, five otherworldly ghostly spirits known as the Juris hypnotically summon people to their location and judge them for the secrets that they keep. Acting as a “witness” that binds the Juris’ trials to this plane of existence, Rain is forced to validate their decisions as she simultaneously tries to save the defendants from their sentences.

Notes:

This publication reprints the second comic book series titled House of Secrets. All material in this publication was written by Stephen T. Seagle and painted by Teddy Kristiansen.

The second House of Secrets comic book series continued on until issue #25 in 1998. The remainder of the series has yet to be reprinted or collected.

Reprints:

  1. House of Secrets #1 (1996)
  2. House of Secrets #2 (1996)
  3. House of Secrets #3 (1996)
  4. House of Secrets #4 (1997)
  5. House of Secrets #5 (1997)

Showcase Presents: House of Secrets Vol. 1

Showcase Presents: House of Secrets Vol. 1
By Mike Friedrich, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, Steve Skeates, John Costanza, Robert Kanigher, Raymond Marais, Jack Oleck, Mark Evanier, Jack Kirby, Joe Orlando, Virgil North, Sergio Aragonés, Lore Shoberg, John Albano, Mark Hanerfeld (writers), Jerry Grandenetti, Jack Sparling, Bill Draut, Werner Roth, Dick Giordano, Dick Dillin, Alex Toth, Mike Royer, Sid Greene, Don Heck, Ralph Reese, John Costanza, Gil Kane, George Tuska, Gray Morrow, Ross Andru, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Rich Buckler, Wally Wood, Sam Glanzman, Murphy Anderson, Bernie Wrightson, Alan Lee Weiss, Jim Aparo, Sergio Aragonés, Jack Abel, Nick Cardy, Lore Shoberg, Tony DeZuniga, George Roussos, Bernard Baily, Joe Maneely, Nestor Redondo, Bill Ely, John Prentice, Ralph Mayo, José Delbo, Mike Roy, Adolfo Buylla and Neal Adams (artists)
Published by DC Comics
Originally released August 2008

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Cover price: $16.99
Format: Soft cover, black & white, standard-size
ISBN 1401218180

Synopsis from publisher:

More than 500 pages of mystery tales from the pages of THE HOUSE OF SECRETS #81-98 (1969-1972)!

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book series The House of Secrets. The comic was a horror-themed anthology, and so used a variety of creators on each issue. 

The first 80 issues of the series have yet to be reprinted or collected. Following the issues reprinted in this publication, the series continued until issue #154 in 1978. Those issues have yet to be reprinted or collected.

Reprints:

  1. House of Secrets #81 (1969)
  2. House of Secrets #82 (1969)
  3. House of Secrets #83 (1969/1970)
  4. House of Secrets #84 (1970)
  5. House of Secrets #85 (1970)
  6. House of Secrets #86 (1970)
  7. House of Secrets #87 (1970)
  8. House of Secrets #88 (1970)
  9. House of Secrets #89 (1970/1971)
  10. House of Secrets #90 (1971)
  11. House of Secrets #91 (1971)
  12. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  13. House of Secrets #93 (1971)
  14. House of Secrets #94 (1971)
  15. House of Secrets #95 (1971/1972)
  16. House of Secrets #96 (1972)
  17. House of Secrets #97 (1972)
  18. House of Secrets #98 (1972)

Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Love and Death

Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Love and Death
By Alan Moore with Len Wein (writers), Stephen Bissette and Jon Totleben with Shawn McManus, Ron Randall, Bernie Wrightson and Alfredo Alcala (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1995

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289544

Synopsis from publisher:
The Plant Elemental comes to terms with his true origins and travels to the depths of Hell. Features appearances by Cain and Abel, the Spectre, the Demon, Deadman, and the Phantom Stranger. Also includes the classic first appearance of the Swamp Thing from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92, woven into the present day continuity.

Notes:
The second collection of Alan Moore’s run on Saga of the Swamp Thing, the second Swamp Thing comic book series. McManus handled art on issue #28 & 32. Rick Veitch provided pencils for issue #31. Ron Randall illustrated issue #33. The art team of Stephen Bissette and Jon Totleben illustrated the remainder of the issues in the collection with the exception of Alfred Alcala inking Bissette’s pencils for issue #30. Also, the 8-page story from House of Secrets #92, from 1971, was written by Len Wein and drawn by Bernie Wrightson. One page of issue #30 is not included in this collection. The entire page is a tie-in to the limited series event Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Reprints:

  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #28 (1984)
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #29 (1984)
  3. Saga of the Swamp Thing #30 (1984)
  4. Saga of the Swamp Thing #31 (1984)
  5. Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #2 (1985)
  6. Saga of the Swamp Thing #32 (1985)
  7. Saga of the Swamp Thing #33 (1985)
  8. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  9. Saga of the Swamp Thing #34 (1985)

Bonus material:

  1. Foreword by Jamie Delano
  2. Introduction by Neil Gaiman

Secret of the Swamp Thing

Secret of the Swamp Thing
By Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist)
Published by DC Comics
Originally released December 2005 (re-titled and re-sized edition of Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis, originally released February 1992, reissued December 2002)

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Cover price: $9.95
Format: Soft cover, color, digest-size
ISBN 1401207987

Synopsis from publisher:
A manga-sized collection featuring the classic origin and first adventures of the Swamp Thing (also collected in the full-size tpb SWAMP THING: DARK GENESIS), including the first 10 issues of the original SWAMP THING title, all by the legendary team of writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson.

Notes:
To date, the contents of this collection (and the standard-sized version Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis) are the only issues to be reprinted from the first Swamp Thing series, which ran bi-monthly for 24 issues from 1972 to 1976. This collects Bernie Wrightson’s entire run on the series. Len Wein wrote three more issues (#s 11-13), which have not yet been collected or reprinted. The rest of the series, still to be collected, was illustrated by Nestor Redondo (issues 11-23) and Fred Castrillo (24), and written by David Michelinie (14-18 & 21-22), Gerry Conway (19-20 & 23-24) and David Anthony Kraft (24).

Reprints:

  1. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  2. Swamp Thing #1 (1972)
  3. Swamp Thing #2 (1972)
  4. Swamp Thing #3 (1973)
  5. Swamp Thing #4 (1973)
  6. Swamp Thing #5 (1973)
  7. Swamp Thing #6 (1973)
  8. Swamp Thing #7 (1973)
  9. Swamp Thing #8 (1974)
  10. Swamp Thing #9 (1974)
  11. Swamp Thing #10 (1974)

Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis

Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis
By Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1992, reissued December 2002

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890445

Synopsis from publisher:
He has become a modern legend, this mysterious creature of the Louisiana bayou. Feared as a monster, hailed as a god, by turns wonderfully benevolent and pitiless in his wrath, the Swamp Thing has carved his unique niche in the American Landscape.

Writer Len Wein and legendary horror artist Bernie Wrightson, the original creators of the most complex creature in comics, brought the “Swamp Thing” to life in an 8-page story from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92. Now that classic story, plus the first ten issues of SWAMP THING Volume One, are reprinted in a new edition of SWAMP THING: DARK GENESIS – a 240-page VERTIGO trade paperback.

In DARK GENESIS, learn the astonishing secret of Swamp Thing’s “birth”; share the forbidden passions of Anton Arcane and the measureless sorrow of the Patchwork Man; shiver to the timeless horror of the witch named Rebecca Ravenwind and of a tortured Scottish werewolf. These eleven stories are not merely acknowledged classics of the comics field; they are an incredible reading experience, and the ideal introduction to the many-faceted creature known as Swamp Thing.

Notes:
To date, the contents of this collection (and the digest-sized version Secret of the Swamp Thing) are the only issues to be reprinted from the first Swamp Thing series, which ran bi-monthly for 24 issues from 1972 to 1976. This collects Bernie Wrightson’s entire run on the series. Len Wein wrote three more issues (#s 11-13), which have not yet been collected or reprinted. The rest of the series, still to be collected, was illustrated by Nestor Redondo (issues 11-23) and Fred Castrillo (24), and written by David Michelinie (14-18 & 21-22), Gerry Conway (19-20 & 23-24) and David Anthony Kraft (24).

Reprints:

  1. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  2. Swamp Thing #1 (1972)
  3. Swamp Thing #2 (1972)
  4. Swamp Thing #3 (1973)
  5. Swamp Thing #4 (1973)
  6. Swamp Thing #5 (1973)
  7. Swamp Thing #6 (1973)
  8. Swamp Thing #7 (1973)
  9. Swamp Thing #8 (1974)
  10. Swamp Thing #9 (1974)
  11. Swamp Thing #10 (1974)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Len Wein