Monday, October 24, 2016

31 Days of Gothic Romance | The Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love

In the Autumn of 1971, DC launched not one, but two gothic romance titles. I've read neither of them and can't speak to the differences (if there are any), but the first was The Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love. It usually featured full-length stories and a text piece by various writers and artists, but the artists are legendary: Tony DeZuniga, Don Heck, and Ernie Chan.

As with the run of gothic covers on House of Secrets, DC's experiment with full gothic romance comics was short-lived. The Dark Mansion of Forbidden Secrets was cancelled after four issues and retooled in early 1972 to become Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, a straight horror-suspense anthology. Though the gothic covers did continue for a couple of issues into that series as well.

This Autumn, DC has sort of revived the original title with a mini-series starring the character Deadman. Written by Sarah Vaughn (Alex + Ada) and drawn my Lan Medina (Fables), Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love tells the story of a young woman in an old mansion who teams up with Deadman to battle whatever evil is infesting the house.

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