"Snipe Hunt": Framing sequence. In the graveyard behind the House of Secrets, Abel invites the reader to join him in hunting for a snipe, while his brother Cain lurks behind a gravestone laughing at his gullibility.
- 1 Synopsis for "Snipe Hunt"
- 2 Appearing in "Snipe Hunt"
- 3 Synopsis for "Swamp Thing"
- 4 Appearing in "Swamp Thing"
- 5 Synopsis for "After I Die!"
- 6 Appearing in "After I Die!"
- 7 Synopsis for "It's Better to Give"
- 8 Appearing in "It's Better to Give"
- 9 Synopsis for "Trick or Treat"
- 10 Appearing in "Trick or Treat"
- 11 Notes
- 12 Trivia
- 13 See Also
- 14 Recommended Reading
- 15 Links and References
Synopsis for "Snipe Hunt"
Framing sequence. In the graveyard behind the House of Secrets, Abel invites the reader to join him in hunting for a snipe, while his brother Cain lurks behind a gravestone laughing at his gullibility.
Appearing in "Snipe Hunt"
- Abel (Host)
- Cain (Cameo)
Synopsis for "Swamp Thing"
Sometime in the last century, Alex Olsen and Damien Ridge had been best friends. However, they both vied for the affections of a woman named Linda. Linda eventually married Alex and Damien had to endure his heartache in the form of the supportive friend. But his desire for Linda overrode the bonds of friendship and he conspired to eliminate Alex. He sabotaged the equipment in Alex's lab causing an explosion that killed him. Keeping the knowledge hidden from Linda, Damien buried Alex's body in the swamp.
Damien eventually married the widow Olsen and they lived together in an old Victorian plantation house. But Linda never recovered from Alex's death. As months passed, Damien began to suspect that Linda might soon learn the truth, so he prepared to kill her. But Alex had been resurrected as a swamp thing and broke into the house and killed Damien. Linda fled from the creature in horror, never realizing that the beast who saved her was her beloved Alex.
Appearing in "Swamp Thing"
- Swamp Thing (Alex Olsen) (First appearance)
- Linda Olsen Ridge (First appearance)
- Damian Ridge (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "After I Die!"
A wealthy man named Maxwell James is obsessed with what happens after death; his obsession only grows stronger when he arrives at his wife's deathbed, and realizes that she sees something utterly horrifying in her final moments. After his wife's death, Maxwell makes increasingly callous attempts to pursue this mystery, even paying to see a critically injured child and angrily storming out when the child makes a full recovery. Finally, Maxwell loses his patience and attempts to kill his wife's brother-in-law Hal with a gun. In the ensuing struggle, Maxwell is fatally shot, and begs Hal to look into his eyes. As Hal obeys, he sees the reflection of the terror beyond death in Maxwell's eyes, and is driven to permanent insanity.
Appearing in "After I Die!"
- Maxwell James
- Gladys James
- Maxwell's secretary
Synopsis for "It's Better to Give"
A homeless man encounters a crying baby warlock in the town dump who is upset that he has broken his balloon. The homeless man remembers that he's got a dime on him and so he gives it to the kid and tells him to get another balloon. The kid thanks him and tells him that he'll pay him back some day. The homeless man notices dimes start to fall from the nozzle of an abandoned bathtub and can't believe his good fortune. He gathers them up and goes into town to eat at a fancy restaurant, donate to the Salvation Army and buy new clothes. A criminal observes that the man has run into some money and follows him back to the dump to relieve him of it. The criminal kills the homeless man and the little boy is angry. He causes his new balloon to grow so large that it engulfs the killer, then he approaches the balloon with a large pin.
Appearing in "It's Better to Give"
- Smilin' Sammy
- Little Boy
Synopsis for "Trick or Treat"
A failed painter murders in order to acquire magic paint and canvas which legend states will change your life if you complete a paint-by-numbers portrait. The man completes the portrait and cheerfully waits for his life to change as the ghoul with a knife raised high over its head steps out of the canvas behind him.
Appearing in "Trick or Treat"
- The cover art was homaged in Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #33 (February 1985).
- This issue was reprinted in its entirety in DC Silver Age Classics: House of Secrets #92, Millennium Edition: House of Secrets #92 and Facsimile Edition: House of Secrets #92.
- Swamp Thing is also reprinted in DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #9, Roots of the Swamp Thing #5, Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #33, Swamp Thing: Dark Genesis, Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Giant #1, and Swamp Thing: The Bronze Age Vol. 1.
- Mary Skrenes is credited in this issue as "Virgil North".
- This issue is often credited as the first appearance of Alex Olsen's swampy successor, Alec Holland. In truth, Alec won't make his first actual appearance for another year in Swamp Thing #1. Both versions of the Swamp Thing were created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.
- The character of the Swamp Thing is inspired by an old Hillman Comics character known as the Heap. The Heap became a recurring supporting character when Eclipse Comics optioned the rights to continue the Airboy series of comics originally published by Hillman in 1945.
- Marvel Comics created their own muck-monster cut from the same cloth as the Swamp Thing. Their character was a scientist named Ted Sallis whose attempts to create a super-soldier serum accidentally transformed him into the Man-Thing.
- While creating the cover for this issue, Bernie Wrightson used Louise Simonson and Mike Kaluta as models for the woman and Swamp Thing, respectively.
- Haunted House Recommended Reading
- Elvira's House of Mystery (Volume 1)
- Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion (Volume 1)
- House of Secrets (Volume 1)
- House of Secrets (Volume 2)
- House of Secrets: Facade (Volume 1)
- House of Mystery (Volume 1)
- House of Mystery (Volume 2)
- House of Whispers (Volume 1)
- Secrets of Sinister House (Volume 1)
- Tales of Ghost Castle (Volume 1)
- The Witching Hour (Volume 1)
- Swamp Thing Recommended Reading