RIP Bernie Wrightson: Legendary Horror and Comic Book Artist Dies at 68

Bernie Wrightson

His true love was always horror as his co-creating Swamp Thing for DC showed.

Wrightson was not just beholden to DC Comics. His career began in 1966, working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator at the age of 18, and it was in the following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, that he chose to create and illustrate his own stories.

Wrightson was instrumental in creating some of the most wonderfully grim and beautifully terrifying images in comic history.

Wrightson got his professional start in 1968, in House of Mystery #179.

Wrightson was best known for co-creating the DC Universe character Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein and for illustrating the Swamp Thing comic in the early '70s. He also helped co-create the Weird Mystery Tales character Destiny, who would become used heavily by Neil Gaiman. "There he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe".

Wrightson also contributed art to several movies including Heavy Metal and Creepshow.

The comics community has been mourning Wrightson's passing.

In addition to his work in the comic book industry, Wrightson also worked on several films as a conceptual artist, lending his talents to Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, Land of the Dead, and The Mist. He worked on Spider-Man, Batman, and The Punisher, as well as painted covers for Nevermore and Toe Tags.

Recent work includes a collaboration with 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles for the three-issue comic book series Frankenstein Alive, Alive!

Wrightson is survived by his wife Liz, his two sons, John and Jeffrey, and one stepson, Thomas Adamson.



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