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Bernie Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson

Photo by Tim Bradstreet

Bernie
Wrightson

Artist, Swamp Thing, Frankenstein

Bernie Wrightson has been creating horror art for over 45 years. In 1966, he began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC 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. Wrightson spent 7 years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said, The Ghoul, and Doc Macabre (IDW), all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles.