The House of Mystery: The Thing in the Cellar, Prologue: The House of Mystery Special 1988

by Frank G. Murdock

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Continued from Superman: The Unkindest Cut

The cover:

Blue Devil stands in the center of the cover toward the back; he has a party hat on. Changeling, in the form of a green ape, is holding up a large party cake, and the Trickster is holding a large gift-wrapped box. Jorj and Lehni, the Maldorian alien fugitives who encountered Blue Devil twice before, are standing with gifts, too; Lehni has a large box, and Jorj has a smaller box. Other characters in the background are Manhunter (Mark Shaw in his red and blue outfit with a blue metal mask), Captain Comet, the Creeper, Firestorm, Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Halo, Geo-Force, Katana, Animal Man, Guy Gardner, Fire and Ice, Elongated Man and Sue Dibny, Plastic Man, Starman (Will Payton), the Demon, El Diablo, Kid Devil, Steel, Wonder Woman (Nubia), and Deadman. Everyone looks confused, except for Lobo, who is standing to one side drinking from a bottle of Jack Daniels, and Ambush Bug, who is dangling from above like Spider-Man and is trying to lick some icing off his finger, which he has dipped into the cake.

Above them, the Blue Devil logo is being covered up by a larger logo for The House of Mystery Special, 1988.

In front of everybody stands Cain, who is saying, “My apologies, my horn-headed boarder, but before you get to celebrate your break-out first issue, it’s time to pay the rent!”

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