Famed Horror Artist Bernie Wrightson Dead at 68

Posted March 20, 2017

It is with a very heavy heart that we must report the passing of renowned horror comic artist Bernie Wrightson, who lost a long battle with brain cancer, according to his wife Liz, who made the announcement on Facebook.

In 1971, Wrightson had his big break when he co-created Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein.

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.

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

His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968.

He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman The Sandman.

One of his proudest accomplishments (beloved by many) would be the 50 pen-and-paper illustrations he crafted for a comics adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, working on it for seven years without pay because it was a labor of love.

In 1974, Wrightson left mainstream comics to work at Warren Studios, where he adapted the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. 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. He worked on Spider-Man, Batman, and The Punisher, as well as painted covers for Nevermore and Toe Tags. In recent years, he worked on the Monstrous Collection with 30 Days of Night creator Steve Niles.

He is survived by his wife, Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, and stepson Thomas.