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Bernie Wrightson (American, 1948-2017)

Comic Book Art

Bernie Wrightson (American, b. 1948): was raised in Baltimore Maryland. In 1968, Wrightson became an editorial cartoonist at the Baltimore Sun. Soon afterwards he was offered work by DC Comics and he moved to New York.

In 1969, his first professional work was published in House of Mystery #179 and in 1970 his first work for Marvel Comics was published in Chamber of Darkness #7.

In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created Swamp Thing for DC. He left DC in 1974 to work at Warren Publishing, for whose black-and-white horror comics magazines he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.

From 1976 to 1978 Wrightson, along with Barry Smith, Jeff Jones and Michael W. Kaluta, were partners in a venture known as The Studio. In 1979, the definitive book about Bernie Wrightson, A Look Back, was published.

Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Wrightson drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella "Cycle of the Werewolf," the restored edition of King's apocalyptic horror epic, The Stand, and art for the hardcover editions of From a Buick 8 and Dark Tower V.

Wrightson has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. The "Captain Sternn" segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on the character created by Wrightson for his award-winning short comic series of the same name. He's worked on Spider-Man, Batman, and The Punisher, and provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others.

His illustrations attract thousands of fans and have led him to work in film. As a conceptual artist, he has worked on many movies, including Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spider-Man, George Romero's Land of the Dead, and The Mist.

Today, Wrightson works on film designs and on his own pet projects, including comic books, and character designs for animation.

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