The Unexpected #158

United States

DC Comics

United States

Published
July-August 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/27538

Credits

Editing
Murray Boltinoff, Editor
 
Paul Levitz, Assistant Editor

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Nightmare House; Reserved for Madmen; A Hangman Awaits Me Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-2045

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Nick Cardy, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
Gaspar Saladino , letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #6 (May 1978)
Untitled
Printed in
Terror Tales Album (K. G. Murray, 1977 series) #6 ([May 1978])
Show/hide 1. The Unexpected Contents Page Table of contents, 1 page

Featuring

Code
B-2047

Credits

Writing
Murray Boltinoff , scripter
Art
Pat Broderick, line art
Text
Gaspar Saladino, letterer
Show/hide 2. Reserved for Madmen Only Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1945 ?
Characters
Cyrus Potter; Gerald; Zena

Credits

Writing
George Kashdan, scripter
Art
Ruben Yandoc, line art [as Rubeny]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #6 (May 1978)
Reserved For Madmen Only

Synopsis

Gerald and Zena scheme to drive old Cyrus Potter insane so they can take his fortune.

Show/hide 3. A Hangman Awaits Me Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1629
Characters
Mr. Widdoes; Terrence Jones; Mrs. Bromley

Credits

Writing
George Kashdan, scripter
Art
John Calnan, line art
Text
Milt Snapinn, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #6 (May 1978)
A Hangman Awaits Me  (Job number (B-1629) deleted from this reprint.)

Synopsis

The orphan Terrence Jones has an imaginary friend who keeps him safe from the mean Mr. Widdoes.

Show/hide 4. The Bewitched Beauty! Comic story, 5.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1260
Characters
Whitey Reed; Molly Reed; Myra

Credits

Art
Ruben Moreira, line art
Text
Pat Gordon, letterer

Synopsis

Myra makes a deal with a witch to win a beauty contest.

Show/hide 5. Prisoner of the Power-Stone! Comic story, 6.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1245
Characters
Thaddeus Watkins; Parno; King Walthrup; Rondell

Credits

Art
Mort Meskin, line art

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Secrets (DC, 1956 series) #18 (March 1959)
Prisoner of the Sorcerer-Stone!  (retitled)
Also printed
Australia
Five-Score Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #16 (August 1959)
Prisoner of the Sorcerer-Stone!
 
Australia
Terror Tales Album (KG Murray, 1977 series) #3 (July 1977)
Prisoner of the Power-Stone!

Synopsis

While trying to turn other elements into gold, the alchemist Rondell created a magic stone that grants the holders every wish, but slowly turns them evil.

Notes

Original title: "Prisoner of the Sorcerer-Stone!"

Show/hide 6. Captives of the Ant Kingdom! Comic story, 7.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-2055
Characters
Madden; King Pharaoh; Scott

Credits

Writing
David Wood, scripter [as Dave Wood]
Art
Lee Elias, line art

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Weird Mystery Tales (Murray, 1977 series) #29 (June 1977)
Captives of the Ant Kingdom!

Synopsis

Scott and his partner search for a lost gold mine and battle giant ants.

Show/hide 7. The Fearsome Fountain of Youth Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Detective-mystery
Code
B-1259
Characters
Roger Hall; Crabbe; Christopher Moss; J. T. Farnley; May Johnson

Credits

Art
Ruben Moreira, line art
Text
Pat Gordon, letterer

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #36 (March 1955)
The Fountain of Youth  (retitled)

Synopsis

Criminal Roger Hall is willing to pay a million dollars for a drink from what he believes is water from the Fountain of Youth.

Notes

Original title: "The Fountain of Youth."

Show/hide 8. No title recorded (Unexpected Mail) Letters page, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Unexpected Mail
Code
B-2044

Credits

Writing
Murray Boltinoff, scripter
Text
, typeset

Notes

Letter from P. B. C. and miscellaneous information.

Show/hide 9. The Doom Game Comic story, 7.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-2056
Characters
Drake; Haney

Credits

Writing
Jack Miller, scripter
Art
Mort Meskin, penciller
 
George Roussos, inker
Text
Stan Starkman, letterer

Reprint history

First print
United States
House of Mystery (DC, 1951 series) #144 (July 1964)
The Doom Game
Also printed
Australia
Doomsday Album (Murray, 1975 series) #6 (June 1977)
The Doom Game

Synopsis

A couple of explorers find two pistols each loaded with three magic bullets, two will bring wealth, the other doom.

Show/hide 10. The Menace of the Fireball Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1256
Characters
Dunstan Waverly Jr.; Dunstan Waverly Sr.

Credits

Art
Bob Brown, line art
Text
Pat Gordon, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Weird Mystery Tales (KG Murray, 1973? series) #26 (December 1976)
The Menace of the Fireball

Synopsis

A giant fireball from space threatens to melt the Earth.

Show/hide 11. Trial by Error Comic story, 5 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1744
Characters
Bret Hodge; Harriet Hodge; Comtesse Louise de Rochaud

Credits

Writing
Carl Wessler, scripter
Art
Ernie Patricio, line art [as Ernesto Patricio]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman Supacomic (KG Murray, 1974 series) #186 ([February 1975?])
Trial by Error

Synopsis

Bret and Harriet take refuge from a storm at a French hotel and are framed for murder.

Show/hide 12. Flame of Death Comic story, 1.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1626

Credits

Art
Val Calaquin, line art (mispelled as Calaquian)

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #9 ([December 1978])
Flame of Death
 
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #12 ([September 1979?])
Flame of Death
 
United States
The Unexpected (DC, 1968 series) #193 (September-October 1979)
Flame of Death

Synopsis

Three soldiers learn the hard way about the myth of never lighting three cigarettes on one match.

Show/hide 13. The End of Death (Johnny Peril) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Johnny Peril
Genre
Fantasy
Code
B-2057
Characters
Johnny Peril; Eric Dexo; Professor Karl Dexo

Credits

Writing
Robert Kanigher, scripter
Art
Jerry Grandenetti, penciller
 
Frank Giacoia, inker

Reprint history

Based on
United States
Sensation Mystery (DC, 1952 series) #113 (January-February 1953)
The End of Death
Printed in
Australia
Doomsday (KG Murray, 1973 series) #27 ([June 1976?])
The End of Death

Synopsis

A criminal tries to convince Johnny Peril that he is being haunted by Death himself.

Show/hide 14. Nightmare House Comic story, 7 pages

Featuring

Genre
Horror-suspense
Code
B-1918
Characters
Charlie Robbins; Sergeant Boyce; Mrs. Mapes; Hilda Winters; Mr. Jurgens; Otto

Credits

Writing
Carl Wessler, scripter
Art
José Delbo, line art [as Jose Delbo]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Terror Tales Album (Murray, 1978 series) #6 (May 1978)
Nightmare House

Synopsis

Charlie Robbins, running from the law, takes refuge in a boarding house with a secret.


Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #105.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 33294

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