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Paul Gaita

Just coming across this great post now. DC's horror comics often lagged behind the competition (though you could say the same for Marvel, too), but they did have two great titles - House of Secrets and House of Mystery - and on occasion, went straight for the jugular vein.

Case in point: "Hopping Down the Bunny Trail," from a 1980 issue of Unexpected, and "hosted" by Abel from House of Mystery/Secrets. I came across it that year and it put the whammy on my 10-year-old head for months. You can find it linked here:


Don't think about it too long - it makes no sense at all - but those final frames... brr.

Oh, and if you love comic book ads, check out Mailorder Mysteries, which not only compiles the ads, but actually checks out the products themselves. Needless to say, some do not live up to the hype.

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