Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bernie Wrightson

This past weekend, Bernie Wrightson died at the age of 68 from brain cancer.  Wrightson was an artist of extraordinary talent and power who reshaped the landscape of comic book art from the 1970s and beyond. 


I think I'll let some random samples of Wrightson's work speak for itself.
















Most of Wrightson's work was for horror comics. He was a frequent contributor  of cover art for DC's line  of horror titles.


His most famous work was his collaboration with writer Len Wein on Swamp Thing. It was in the pages of that series that Alec Holland's muck encrusted mockery of a man shambled into Gotham City and Bernie gave us a most decidedly thoroughly modern Caped Crusader that challenged the ground-breaking work of Batman artist Neal Adams and inspired Bat-artists for decades to come. 


One of Bernie's more personal projects was his adaption of Frankenstein, a sample which can be seen below. 





Yes, the amount of sheer detail in that illustration is mind-blowing enough. But there is an evocative mood that transcends the technical proficiency on display.


It is with sorrow to acknowledge that Bernie Wrightson is no longer with us. It is with awe and admiration that his amazing artistry will live on. 

Thanks for reading.  A new post is coming tomorrow. Until then, remember to be good to one another.   

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