House of Mystery #226

United States

DC Comics

United States

Published
August-September 1974
Page count
100
Cover price
0.60 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/27612

Credits

Editing
Joe Orlando (editor)
Paul Levitz (assistant editor)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
J-3628
Characters
Cain

Credits

Art
Luis Dominguez
Colours
Tatjana Wood
Editing
Joe Orlando

Notes

Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

Show/hide 1. Untitled Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

"C'mon in, chill-chasers..."

Featuring

Code
J-3621
Characters
Cain

Credits

Art
Pat Broderick
Show/hide 2. Garden of Evil Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
J-3416
Characters
Cain (host)

Credits

Script
Jack Oleck
Art
Alfredo Alcala
Show/hide 3. Untitled (Room 13) Activity, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Room 13
Code
J-3622

Credits

Art
Sergio Aragonés

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #188 (September-October 1970)
Untitled [Coffin Cut-Out]
Also printed
United States
Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery (DC, 2006 series) #1 (2006)
Room 13!

Synopsis

cut-out coffin

Show/hide 4. No title recorded Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"Attention, comic fans! Don't miss any..."

Notes

House ad for Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #C-30 and Limited Collectors' Edition (DC, 1972 series) #C-29, with cover repros.

Show/hide 5. No title recorded Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

"We can put DC Comics right in your mail box"

Notes

Subscription ad with cover repros of Plop! (DC, 1973 series) #6 and The Superman Family (DC, 1974 series) #165.

Show/hide 6. Teddy Doesn't Seem To Smile Anymore! Comic story, 3 pages
Show/hide 7. The Devil's Chessboard Comic story, 5.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
J-3473
Characters
Cain (host, inserted)

Credits

Art
Leonard Starr

Reprint history

Based on
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #12 (March 1953)
The Devil's Chessboard
 
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #226 (August-September 1974)
The Devil's Chessboard
Also printed
Australia
The Hundred Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1956 series) #29 ([February 1959?])
Devil's Chessboard
 
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #8 ([October 1978?])
The Devil's Chessboard
 
United States
Showcase Presents: The House of Mystery (DC, 2006 series) #Volume 3 ([January] 2009)
The Devil's Chessboard

Synopsis

Chess expert Alan Blake engages in a deadly game on the magical "devil's chessboard" where every lost piece equals a loss in real life. When Blake's queen is taken, his fiancée suffers a heart attack. She survives only, because Blake can promote a pawn to a queen.

Show/hide 8. Coming Super-Attractions! (Superman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman

Notes

House ad for Superman (DC, 1938 series) #279.

Show/hide 9. Untitled (Cain's Mail Room) Letters page, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Cain's Mail Room
Code
J-3806

Credits

Letters
typeset

Notes

Letters submitted by Paul Edwards; Derrick Bostrum; Lisa Anderson; Billy Hamilton; Dennis Cozzallo; Jeffrey Lorbski; Louis Manzato; J.O. Rohrer; James Carson; Laura Kerewsky; Tim Kinnes.

Show/hide 10. The Living Nightmare! (The Phantom Stranger) Comic story, 7.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
The Phantom Stranger
Genre
Fantasy
Code
J-1539
Characters
Phantom Stranger; Cain (host, inserted)

Credits

Script
John Broome
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Show/hide 11. The Masters of Mystery Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Notes

House ad for House of Secrets (DC, 1956 series) #122 and Weird War Tales (DC, 1971 series) #28, with cover repros.

Show/hide 12. Monster in the House Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
J-3231
Characters
Cain (host)

Credits

Script
Jack Oleck
Art
Nestor Redondo

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Weird Mystery Tales (KG Murray, 1973? series) #24 ([August 1976])
Monster in the House
Show/hide 13. The Line of DC Super-Stars Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Notes

House ad for The Witching Hour (DC, 1969 series) #45, Wonder Woman (DC, 1942 series) #213, Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth (DC, 1974 series) #20, Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #438, Our Fighting Forces (DC, 1954 series) #150, The Shadow (DC, 1973 series) #6, The Phantom Stranger (DC, 1969 series) #32, and Rima, the Jungle Girl (DC, 1974 series) #3, with cover repros. Appears before page 5 of the previous sequence.

Show/hide 14. Scared to Life Comic story, 3 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
J-3631
Characters
Cain (host)

Credits

Script
Marv Wolfman
Art
Bernie Wrightson [as Berni Wrightson]
Show/hide 15. Untitled (Cain's Game Room) Cartoon, 1 page

"Timber!"

Featuring

Feature
Cain's Game Room
Genre
Humor
Code
J-3624

Credits

Art
Sergio Aragonés

Notes

3 gag cartoons.

Show/hide 16. The School For Sorcerers Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Fantasy
Code
J-3623
Characters
Cain (host, inserted)

Credits

Art
Bill Ely
Show/hide 17. The Perfect Mate Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 18. Untitled (Cain's Gargoyles) Illustration, 1 page

"Hee...Hee...So you want to have your own gargoyle..."

Featuring

Feature
Cain's Gargoyles
Genre
Humor
Code
J-3633
Characters
Cain
Show/hide 19. The Wishes of Doom! Comic story, 7.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Fantasy
Code
J-3625
Characters
Cain (host, inserted)

Credits

Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
George Klein
Show/hide 20. Coming Super-Attractions Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.33 pages

Notes

House ad for Action Comics (DC, 1938 series) #438.

Show/hide 21. The Haunted Melody Comic story, 6 pages
Show/hide 22. Do You Dare Enter The House of Mystery? Comic story, 3 pages

Featuring

Genre
Humor
Code
J-3536
Characters
Cain; Paul Levitz; Tex Blaisdell; Sergio Aragones; Michael Fleisher; Jack Oleck; David Michelinie; Dave Manak; Gregory the Gargoyle

Credits

Script
Paul Levitz
Art
Pat Broderick (p. 1)
Sergio Aragones ? (pp. 2-3)

Synopsis

Tour of the House of Mystery (double-page spread plus intro).

Show/hide 23. Out of This World Comic story, 9 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
J-3381
Characters
Cain (host)

Credits

Script
Jack Oleck
Art
Gerry Talaoc
Show/hide 24. Hidden in the House! Activity, 1 page

Featuring

Code
P-24
Characters
Cain

Credits

Script
Bob Rozakis (Puzzle Construction)

Synopsis

word search puzzle


Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #106.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 33090

Entry created

  • 08/08/2007

Cover added

  • 29/04/2010

Index completed

  • 25/09/2019

Last updated

  • 25/09/2019