DC certainly decided to something extra cool for this, the final, if unheralded, issue of DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest.
Was two digest titles one too many? That'd be a logical guess, but since they would revamp Adventure Comics as a digest title the very next month, that's probably not it. Maybe if I'm ever lucky enough to interview Karen Berger on the subject(who is listed as editor here), I can find out directly. But until then, all we're left with is this disturbing Joe Kubert cover of kids walking directly under Cain's giant crotch.
Anyway, this book does reprint a whole bunch of stories, by some of DC's best people:
• "No Strings Attached" by Len Wein and "Wild" Bill Draut
• "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of" by Marv Wolfman and Alex Toth
• "All in the Family" by Virgil North and Berni Wrightson
• The bona-fide classic "The Demon Within" by Joe Orlando, John Albano, and Jim Aparo(say that three times fast!)
• "Hyde--and Go Seek!" by Wein and Tony DeZuniga
• "Double Take" by Steve Skeates and George Tuska
• "The Whole Ball of Tin" by Gerry Conway, Wein, and Bob Oksner
• "Tomorrow I Hang!" by E.Nelson Bridwell and Aparo
• "The House of Endless Years" by Conway and Draut
• Countdown" by ? and Ralph Reese
• "A Girl and Her Dog" by Conway and Gray Morrow
• "Born Loser" by Jack Oleck and Toth
• "Sno'Fun" by ? and Wally Wood--one of the rare HOM tales that stars Cain
...plus a Cain pin-up by Wrightson!
I know that I love Everything Aparo, but he really did do horror tales well. He drew them realistically, without a lot of gothic atmosphere, which always made them more frightening to me, since they seemed so much more real. I wish Aparo had done more of them, but at least we get two of them here.
A great collection of story and art, and if DC felt the need to cancel DCSBRD, at least they went out on a winner!