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Cain (left) and the House of Mystery from the cover of Welcome Back to the House of Mystery.

House of Mystery is a series of horror, fantasy, and mystery comics anthologies published by DC Comics. While the first issues don't feature any overarching narrative, the titular House is introduced in issue 175 alongside the host Cain; following comics sometimes include stories centered around Cain and the house itself.

Following the Anthology rule, all self-contained stories featured in the comics are themselves considered part of the House of Mystery series.

Comics

Comics published are specifically:

Regular series

  • House of Mystery (December, 1951 - October, 1983), 321 issues. Originally consisting in anthologies of horror stories, it switched to sci-fi in the mid-50s, then issues 143 through 173 included super-hero stories, switching back to horror starting with issue 174.
  • Elvira's House of Mystery (January, 1986 - January, 1987), 11 issues. A sequel to the original series starring Elvira as the new host. It received a special issue:
    • Elvira's House of Mystery Special (November, 1987), also known as Elvira's Haunted Holidays.
  • House of Mystery (July, 2008 - December, 2011), 42 issues. Published by DC's Vertigo imprint. It received two special issues:
    • House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1 (December, 2009)
    • House of Mystery Halloween Annual #2 (December, 2010)

Minor comics

  • Super DC Giant #S-20 (November, 1970), including reprints of old House of Mystery stories, it also includes original framing sequences starring Cain.
  • The Brave and the Bold #93 (January, 1971), including a Batman-House of Mystery crossover story.
  • DC Special #11 (March 1971), including reprints of old House of Mystery stories.
  • Limited Collectors' Edition #C-23 (November, 1973), including reprints of old House of Mystery stories.
  • DC Special Series #21 (April, 1980), Christmas comic including an original House of Mystery story.
  • DC Comics Presents #53 (January, 1983), including a Superman-House of Mystery crossover story.
  • Welcome Back to the House of Mystery (July, 1998), including reprints of old House of Mystery stories, it also includes an original introduction starring Cain.

Links to other series

Note: most appearances of Cain after becoming a regular character in Sandman comics, are not listed here since they're considered references to the Sandman (Vertigo) series; similarly, most appearances of The House of Mystery after becoming the base of the Justice League Dark are considered references to the Justice League series.

Direction Series Date Description Type


4Arrow L Martian Manhunter196406 June 1964House of Mystery issues 143 through 173 include Martian Manhunter stories.2


4Arrow L Dial H for Hero196601 January 1966House of Mystery issues 156 through 173 include Dial H for Hero stories.2


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House of Secrets196909 September 1969Cain from House of Mystery appears in House of Secrets #81, where his brother Abel is introduced, and Abel then appears in House of Mystery #290; additionally the House of Mystery series occasionally reprinted stories from House of Secrets and vice verca.1


5Arrow R Doctor Thirteen197010 October 1970The story "The Walking Stick" from House of Mystery #24 is reprinted in Phantom Stranger #9 as a story "From the Serect Files of Dr. Thirteen".1


5Arrow R Super DC Giant197011 November 1970Super DC Giant #S-20 includes House of Mystery stories.2


5Arrow R The Brave the Bold197101 January 1971The Brave and the Bold #93 includes a Batman - House of Mystery crossover story.2


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Dash

Batman197101 January 1971The story in The Brave and the Bold #93 is a crossover between the two series, and the House of Mystery also appears in All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #12; additionally a character dressed like Cain appears in Batman #237.1


5Arrow R DC Special197103 March 1971DC Special #4 features Cain from House of Mystery as the host; additionally DC Special #11 features reprints of House of Mystery stories.1


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The Unexpected (DC Comics)197108 August 1971The Unexpected #126 features a reprint of a House of Mystery story, while House of Mystery #195 and subsequent issus include reprints of stories from Tales of the Unexpected.2


5Arrow R Witching Hour (DC Comics)197109 September 1971The Witching Hour issues 16 and 38 feature reprints of House of Mystery stories.2


4Arrow L My Greatest Adventure197111 November 1971The House of Mystery series occasionally featured reprints of My Greatest Adventure stories, starting with issue 196.2


5Arrow R Ghosts (DC Comics)197112 December 1971The Ghosts series occasionally featured reprints of House of Mystery stories, starting with issue 2.2


4Arrow L Phantom Stranger197202 February 1972The House of Mystery series occasionally featured reprints of Phantom Stranger stories, starting with issue 199.2


5Arrow R Weird War Tales197204 April 1972The Weird War Tales series occasionally featured reprints of House of Mystery stories, starting with issue 4.2


5Arrow R Sinister House197209 September 1972Cain from House of Mystery appears in Secrets of Sinister House #6 and later issues; additionally House of Mystery #225 includes a reprint of a story from Sinister House of Secret Love #1.1


5Arrow R Plop!197310 October 1973Cain from House of Mystery appears as one of the hosts of Plop!1


4Arrow L Spectre (DC Comics)197405 May 1974The House of Mystery series occasionally featured reprints of Spectre stories, starting with issue 224.2


5Arrow R Secrets of Haunted House197505 May 1975Cain from House of Mystery is a recurring character in the Secrets of Haunted House series.1


5Arrow R Limited Collectors' Edition (DC Comics)197602 February 1976Limited Collectors' Edition issues C-23, C-43 and C-52 feature reprints of House of Mystery stories, with Cain appearing on the cover of issue C-43 interacting with other characters from the comic.1


5Arrow R DC Special Series198004 April 1980DC Special Series #21 includes a House of Mystery story and it's part of a single narrative in the book.1


4Arrow L I, Vampire198103 March 1981House of Mystery issues 290 through 319 include I... Vampire stories.2


5Arrow R DC Comics Presents198301 January 1983DC Comics Presents #53 includes a Superman - House of Mystery crossover story.2


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Dash

Superman198301 January 1983The story in DC Comics Presents #53 is a crossover between the two series.1


5Arrow R Swamp Thing198502 February 1985Cain from House of Mystery appears in Swamp Thing Vol 2 issues 33, 49 and 50; additionally Elvira finds a copy of Swamp Thing #48 in Elvira's House of Mystery #5.1


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Elvira198601 January 1986Elvira's House of Mystery is a crossover between the two series.1


5Arrow R Blue Devil198601 January 1986Cain from House of Mystery is a recurring character in Blue Devil, starting with issue 20; additionally Elvira finds a copy of Blue Devil #20 in Elvira's House of Mystery #5.1


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Sandman (Vertigo)198902 February 1989Cain from House of Mystery is a recurring character in the Sandman series; the Vertigo House of Mystery series features references to the Sandman series.1


5Arrow R Resurrection Man199810 October 1998Cain from House of Mystery makes an appearance in Resurrection Man #18.1


5Arrow R Secret Six200608 August 2006The House of Mystery is a recurring location in the Secret Six series, starting with issue 2.1


5Arrow R 52200611 November 2006The House of Mystery appears in 52 #18.1


4Arrow L Unknown Soldier200812 December 2008House of Mystery Vol 2 #6 includes a preview of Unknown Soldier Vol 4 #1.2


5Arrow R Solomon Grundy200906 June 2009Cain from House of Mystery appears behind the scenes in the Solomon Grundy series, startning with issue 2.1


5Arrow R Justice League201208 August 2012The House of Mystery appears in Justice League Dark #10 and becomes the base of the team.1


5Arrow R Bizarro201511 November 2015The House of Mystery appears in Bizarro #4.1