Here’s another masterful Neal Adams cover from an issue of HOUSE OF SECRETS, one of DC’s mystery/supernatural anthology titles. It has to be said that, especially in the early part of the 1970s, these books carried uniformly great covers much of the time–it was a real showpiece for the artists involved. Here, Adams uses Crafttint paper to achieve a soft and smoldering effect on this foggy illustration. It’s in the vein of the gothic romance covers that were then in vogue–apart from those gargoyles, there’s nothing truly otherworldly about the piece, and it very well could have been produced for one of DC’s experiments into that genre instead. The color is wonderfully subdued also–I might argue that it would have benefitted from toning down the harsh primary yellow on the logo a little bit, but I can certainly understand the impulse there–the logo was considered the most crucial part of the magazine, and publishers strived to make their logos readable from halfway across a store, the better to attract a customer.