Comic Book Cats, number six: House of Mystery #189
Comic Book Cats, number six: “Eyes of the Cat” from House of Mystery #189, penciled by Jerry Grandenetti, inked by Wallace Wood, written by Robert Kanigher and lettered by Ben Oda, published by DC Comics in Nov-Dec 1970.
I know Cheryl Spoehr previously spotlighted the cover by Neal Adams, but I don’t recall if she ever discussed the story inside.
Okay, seriously, this story is about the greedy & ruthless Nicholas Towers, who attempts to murder his Cousin Cynthia to inherit a fortune, only to find himself the recipient of feline retribution. Hmmm, perhaps Nicholas should have caught a clue that things were not going to work out for him when he learned that Cynthia’s cat was named Lucifer?
Grandenetti & Wood is definitely an unusual pairing, as their individual styles were very different. Grandenetti’s work was loose and cartoony, often evoking a very odd, disturbing mood, whereas Wood was well known for his precise, crisp, detailed style. Nevertheless, the combination of the two works surprising well on this story.