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    Berni Wrightson - Original Art for House of Mystery #186, pages 2 & 3 (DC, 1970). Graham Ingels, Lee Elias, Clive Barker, Jack Davis... all artists who have left their mark in the field of horror illustration. But one name stands out above them all, as the foremost master of terror, one name that evokes images of rotting zombies and fetid crypts, of muck-encrusted man-mockeries and foul creatures of the night. That name, of course, is Berni Wrightson. Wrightson first appeared on the comic scene in the early 1970s and quickly made a name for himself. His fame was secured with his work on the original Swamp Thing, a short, but well-remembered run many consider a classic. The page offered here is an early effort from House of Mystery showing a simple housecat transforming into a beautiful Egyptian priestess as Cain, our host, looks on in amazement. A powerful piece, and likely Berni's first (and maybe only) double-page splash for DC. Wrightson's genius is apparent even this early in his career (nearly a year before the introduction of Swamp Thing in House of Secrets #92). Measuring approximately 22.5" x 15.5", this double-page spread is in excellent condition and is signed by the artist in the upper left.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2003
    15th-20th Tuesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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