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Cain and Abel


Cain, Gregory, and Abel approach the House of Mystery in the cover artwork to Welcome Back to the House of Mystery #1. Image File history File links STAR07720. ...

Publisher DC Comics/Vertigo
First appearance Cain House of Mystery #175 (July-August, 1968)
Abel DC Special #4 (July-September, 1969)
Created by Cain Bob Haney, Jack Sparling, Joe Orlando
Abel Mark Hannerfield, Bill Draut, Joe Orlando
Characteristics
Affiliations The Dreaming
Abilities Cain apparently indestructible and possibly immortal; diabolical cunning
Abel possibly immortal and apparently indestructible; Resurrects from any fatal wound

Cain and Abel are a pair of fictional characters in the DC Comics universe based on the Biblical Cain and Abel. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... House of Mystery was a horror anthology comic book series published by DC Comics from 1951 to 1983. ... Robert Haney (1926 - November 25, 2004) was a comic book writer. ... John Edmond Jack Sparling (June 21, 1916 - 1997) was a Canadian - American comics artist. ... Joe Orlando was an illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist who was born April 4, 1927, in Bari, Italy, and died December 23, 1998, in Manhattan. ... Joe Orlando was an illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist who was born April 4, 1927, in Bari, Italy, and died December 23, 1998, in Manhattan. ... The Dreaming is a fictional place, the domain of Dream of the Endless in Neil Gaimans The Sandman comic book series. ... Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cain killing Abel, from a 15th century manuscript. ...

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Publication history

Originally they were the respective "hosts" of the EC-style horror comic anthologies House of Mystery and House of Secrets, which ran from the 1950s through the early 1980s. During the 1970s, they also co-hosted (along with Eve), the horror/humor anthology Plop!. Cain the Able Care-Taker, created by Bob Haney, Jack Sparling, and Joe Orlando, first appeared in The House of Mystery #175 (July 1968), and Abel, created by Mark Hannerfeld, Bill Draut, and Joe Orlando, first appeared in DC Special #4 (July-September 1969) and began hosting The House of Secrets with #81 (August-September 1969), after the comics had been running Dial H for Hero and Eclipso, respectively. H On the letters page of Weird Mystery Tales #3, Destiny stated that Cain, Abel, and Eve were not their biblical counterparts, whom he said he found much more pleasant. Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... An anthology is a collection of literary works, originally of poems, but in recent years its usage has broadened to be applied to collections of short stories and comic strips. ... House of Mystery was a horror anthology comic book series published by DC Comics from 1951 to 1983. ... The House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), introducing Swamp Thing. ... // Recovering from World War II and its aftermath, the economic miracle emerged in West Germany and Italy. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... This is a list of characters appearing in The Sandman comic book, published by DC Comics Vertigo imprint. ... Plop! - The New Magazine of Weird Humor! was a comic book published by DC Comics in the mid 1970s. ... Robert Haney (1926 - November 25, 2004) was a comic book writer. ... John Edmond Jack Sparling (June 21, 1916 - 1997) was a Canadian - American comics artist. ... Joe Orlando was an illustrator, writer, editor and cartoonist who was born April 4, 1927, in Bari, Italy, and died December 23, 1998, in Manhattan. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Dial H for Hero is a comic book feature published by DC Comics about a magical dial that enables an ordinary person to become a superhero for one hour. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Weird Mystery Tales was a mystery (horror) anthology from DC Comics, which ran from July 1972-November 1975. ... Destiny is one of the Endless, fictional characters from Neil Gaimans comic book series, The Sandman. ...


House of Mystery was cancelled in 1983. The final issue showed Cain in front of the House, for sale, with his bags packed, and Gregory behind him. The cover of Vertigo's mostly-reprint Welcome Back to the House of Mystery showed him returning with Abel and Gregory. The House of Secrets and The Witching Hour were eventually merged with The Unexpected and cancelled around the same time. Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Unexpected was a continuation of Tales of the Unexpected. ...


It was Neil Gaiman's series The Sandman that more fully developed the "reinvented" characters into more mature, post-Comics Code version of themselves, and who helped fully drag them out of obscurity. Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... The seal of the Comics Code Authority, which appears on the covers of approved comic books. ...


Fictional character biography

House of Mystery/Secrets

Cain frequently told tales of various people who boarded at the House of Mystery, and the fascination/disgust of the locals at its presence. Abel stammeringly took abuse from both Cain and the House of Secrets itself, and had an "imaginary" (it was always rendered in quotes) girlfriend named Goldie, who berated him, too. In the early issues, Abel told the stories directly to her, but he always appeared to be alone. He said she was a ghost. Imagination is accepted as the innate ability and process to invent partial or complete personal realms within the mind from elements derived from sense perceptions of the shared world. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Boyfriend. ...

Goldie, Abel's "imaginary" girlfriend, appearing on the cover of The House of Secrets #88
Goldie, Abel's "imaginary" girlfriend, appearing on the cover of The House of Secrets #88

Cain is a thin, long-limbed man with an angular, drawn face, glasses, a tufty beard, and hair drawn into two points above his ears. Cain is often mean to Abel, but he is jovial and a friendly storyteller to children and did everything he could to help Superman when the need once arose. Abel is a nervous, stammering, kind-hearted man. Abel is somewhat similar in appearance to Cain, with a tufty beard and hair that comes to points above his ears, though his hair is black rather than brown. He is shorter and fatter than Cain, with a more open face. It is eventually stated (in Sandman #40) that the only time he doesn't stutter is when he is telling a story, and this was characteristic of his earlier appearances. Cain owns a large green draconic gargoyle named Gregory, who first appeared (as a baby) in House of Mystery #175, apparently the offspring of enchanted sculptures who come to the house for a French sculptor who murdered the artist who designed them. He grew to maturity over the course of the series and continued to appear in Sandman stories. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (727x1051, 250 KB) This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the comic book or the artist(s) which produced the... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (727x1051, 250 KB) This image is of the cover of a single issue of a comic book, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the comic book or the artist(s) which produced the... Superman is a comic book superhero, originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... A gargoyle adorning Dornoch Cathedral in Scotland In architecture, the gargoyle (from the French gargouille, originally the throat or gullet, cf. ... Gregory is a common masculine first name and family name. ...


They live as neighbours in two houses near a graveyard, Cain in the broad House of Mystery and Abel in the tall House of Secrets. According to their appearance in Swamp Thing, the difference is that a mystery may be shared, but a secret must be forgotten if one tries to tell it. The houses are in small-town Kentucky, and it was later revealed that they simultaneously exist in the Dreaming. It has also been suggested that this is not the case, and that there has been a location change as a result of the Crisis on Infinite Earths. House of Mystery was a horror anthology comic book series published by DC Comics from 1951 to 1983. ... The House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), introducing Swamp Thing. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Frankfort Largest city Louisville Area  Ranked 37th  - Total 40,444 sq mi (104,749 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ...


During the Crisis, although not mentioned in that series, Elvira stumbled onto the House of Mystery, which charged her to find Cain, who had disappeared, possibly because of the Crisis. Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is better known for her on-screen persona Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. ...


In 1985, the characters were revived by writer Alan Moore, who introduced them into his Swamp Thing series in issue #33, retelling the Swamp Thing's original origin story from a 1971 issue of House of Secrets. They reappeared in issue #50, where they acted as observers and commentators on a fierce battle in Hell. Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ... The Swamp Thing is a fictional character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson for DC Comics, and featured in a long-running horror-fantasy comic book series of the same name. ...


Sandman

In Gaiman's Sandman universe, the biblical Cain and Abel come to live in the Dreaming at Dream's invitation. This is based on the verse in the Bible which says that Cain was sent to live in the Land of Nod. Destiny claimed in Weird Mystery Tales #3 that they were not the same as the Biblical Cain and Abel, but this could be a post-Crisis retcon. In stories common to the Abrahamic religions, Cain or Káyin (קַיִן / קָיִן spear Standard Hebrew Qáyin, Tiberian Hebrew Qáyin / Qāyin; Arabic قايين Qāyīn in the Arabic Bible; قابيل Qābīl in Islam) is the eldest son of Adam and Eve, and the first man born in creation... In the Book of Genesis, Abel (Hebrew הֶבֶל / הָבֶל, Standard Hebrew Hével / Hável, Tiberian Hebrew Héḇel / Hāḇel; Arabic هابيل Hābīl) was the second son of Adam. ... The Dreaming is a fictional place, the domain of Dream of the Endless in Neil Gaimans The Sandman comic book series. ... Cover of The Sandman #1, by Dave McKean. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ... // Origin The Land of Nod is a place in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible, located to the east of Eden, to which Cain was banished after murdering his brother Abel. ... Destiny is one of the Endless, fictional characters from Neil Gaimans comic book series, The Sandman. ... Weird Mystery Tales was a mystery (horror) anthology from DC Comics, which ran from July 1972-November 1975. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12 part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Gaiman's Cain is an aggressive, overbearing character. He has been described (usually by Matthew), as sounding "just like Vincent Price." The earlier stories showed Cain sometimes torturing Abel (for example, in House of Mystery #219, Cain chained Abel to an anchor and stuffed him in his water cooler (full), allegedly because Abel put banana peels in it) that helped inspire Gaiman's development of the character, with a little help from the Bible. Matthew is a character in Neil Gaimans The Sandman comic series. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ... A stocked ships anchor. ... Look up water cooler in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library of Congress. ...

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Cain frequently kills Abel in a kind of macabre form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, re-enacting the first murder. In the Dreaming, Abel's death is impermanent, and he seems to recover after a few hours. Cain seems unable to control his frequent murders of Abel, and occasionally expresses remorse over them; there is a genuine bond between the two, beneath the surface contempt. Abel remains dedicated to Cain, and frequently dreams of a more harmonious relationship between the two.


In turn, during The Wake, Cain is so distraught when Abel is murdered permenantly by The Kindly Ones, he sinks into a rambling mess when asking the new Dream to restore him. The Wake can refer to: A graphic novel in the Sandman series A British indie band An album by the progressive rock band IQ This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In the first appearance of the characters in Sandman, issue #2, Cain gives Abel an egg that soon hatches into another gargoyle, a small golden one. Abel is delighted and names the gargoyle "Irving," but Cain forcefully insists that the names of gargoyles must always begin with a "G." When Abel resists, Cain murders him, and after Abel revives he renames the gargoyle "Goldie," after a friend of his who "went away." Goldie is a character in Neil Gaimans popular The Sandman comic book series. ...


The main function of Cain and Abel throughout The Sandman is as comic relief. However, the two play significant (though not key) roles at several points in the series; it is they who take Morpheus in until his strength is restored following his 72-year-long imprisonment. In the fourth story arc, Season of Mists, Cain is sent to Hell to give a message to Lucifer because the Mark of Cain protects him from all harm. Cain and Abel also aid The Corinthian with the child Daniel during The Kindly Ones, the penultimate story arc of the series. They also appear with Morpheus in The Books of Magic (vol. 1) #3. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Season of Mists (1992) is the fourth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt and P. Craig Russell, coloured by Steve Oliff and Danny Vozzo, and lettered by... Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180) A hell, according to many religious beliefs, is an afterlife of suffering where the wicked or unrighteous dead are punished. ... Lucifer is a comic book published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. ... This page is about the band from Australia; see Cain for information about the mark of Cain. ... The Corinthian is a fictional character in Neil Gaimans comic book series The Sandman. ... This article or section may need to be cleaned up and rewritten because it describes a work of fiction in a primarily in-universe style. ... The Kindly Ones (1996) is the ninth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman. ... Cover for the Italian edition of the series. ...


External link

  • Cain Appearances List

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