Another one of those great artists I somehow never noticed at the time, but have become a huge fan of in reprints, Bill Draut defines The House Of Secrets for me.
One of the reasons DC's mystery titles trampled over everybody else's, and why I like them so much, is the time given to the hosts of each spooky book. I'm much more interested in the framing stories around each issue than the headline scary tales, and was always disappointed when Cain in The House Of Mystery or the three witches from The Witching Hour were reduced into just one paltry head shot at the start of each story.
Happily, in the early years of this book Abel, the chubby cowardly caretaker at The House Of Secrets, always got his own chance to shine, alongside imaginary friend Goldie ( or was it imaginary? )
Each issue is more or less the same, with Abel weaving stories to get through the night, while The House repeatedly tries to scare him to death. Plus there's time for guest stars, as here where both Cain and Cynthia, the sexy sorceress from The Witching Hour, pop in to spin a yarn or two.
Draut's work here is wonderful, so I'm gonna be cheeky and only show you his framing stories for these two issues, plus a full Wild Bill story for each. Hey, you can always buy the Showcase Presents...
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