Bernie Wrightson, Horror Comics Icon Dies At 68

Pierre Vaugeois
Mars 20, 2017

As reported by Variety, horror comic book artist Bernie Wrightson has died after a "long battle" with brain cancer.

His wife Liz Wrightson shared a remembrance of her husband on the Austin-based artist's website Sunday.

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

Like many comic fans of his generation, Wrightson was influenced by the EC horror comics of the 1950s, the most famous of which being Tales From the Crypt, although its companions, Vault of Horror and Haunt of Fear, were interchangeable with the volume of output and level of talent involved. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Though he later restored the "e", the nickname "Berni" stuck for the rest of his career.

Wrightson was known as one of the most prolific horror illustrators of all time, co-creating the DC comic book monster Swamp Thing, which was adapted by Wes Craven into a cult horror classic in 1982. He also illustrated the comic book adaptation of the Stephen King-written horror film "Creepshow".

Wrightson was known for his vivid attention to detail, and took on the works of such authors as Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft.

In 1972, Wrightson returned to Swamp Thing for the character's ongoing series. 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!

As a conceptual artist, Bernie worked on many horror genre movies and well-known films including Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, George Romero's Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont's Stephen King film The Mist.

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