Famed Horror Artist Bernie Wrightson Dead at 68

Carla Harmon
March 20, 2017

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

Wrightson's wife, Liz Wrightson, made the announcement via Wrightson's Facebook page.

Wrightson was not just beholden to DC Comics.

Maryland native Wrightson began his career as an artist for The Baltimore Sun newspaper in 1966, before landing freelance work at DC Comics.


Wrightson also drew his own interpretation of famous comic book characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and The Punisher.

Wrightson got his professional start in 1968, in House of Mystery #179. He also created the artwork for Creepshow, kicking off a long-running relationship with Stephen King, for whom he also illustrated The Cycle of the Werewolf, and special editions of The Stand and From a Buick 8.

Wrightson is best known as the artist who co-created the iconic DC Comics character Swamp Thing (alongside Len Wein) in the '70s, and he also illustrated a 1983 edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that he reportedly worked on for free over the course of seven years.

In 1974, Wrightson left mainstream comics to work at Warren Studios, where he adapted the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe.


The comics community has been mourning Wrightson's passing.

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. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said, the Ghoul and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing) all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles, and several print/poster/sketchbooks series produced by Nakatomi.

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


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