Launch dates for broadcast, cable and streaming programs, Up-to-date lists for broadcast, cable and streaming series, Pandemic-proof vs. pandemic-contingent broadcast lineups, Signup for Breaking News Alerts & Newsletters, Get our latest storiesin the feed of your favorite networks. 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. They'd come up and we'd have popcorn and sit around and talk about whatever a 26, 27 and 20-year-old guys talk about. “It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. The people that have them don't let them go. Just remember that it's only a temporary parting, Liz. [4] He published a piece of fan art, containing a headstone bearing the inscription "Berni Wrightson, Dec. 15, 1965", on page 33 of Warren Publishing's Creepy #9 (cover-dated June 1966). [3] His artistic influences were Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Al Dorne, Graham Ingels, Jack Davis and Howard Pyle. During production on the 1984 film Ghostbusters, Wrightson was among the artists hired by associate producer Michael C. Gross to provide concept art envisioning the ghosts and other psychic phenomena encountered by that film's characters. Wrightson's first wife Michele Wrightson was involved in underground comix, contributing stories to such publications as It Ain't Me, Babe, Wimmen's Comix, and Arcade. 92 (July 1971) in a standalone horror story set in the Victorian era. 'Frankenstein' is a complete masterpiece of value, using incredibly complex pictures, and yet you always see exactly what you are supposed to see. Wrightson, born October 27, 1948, was known for his horror illustrations and comic books. — Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 19, 2017, R.I.P. He was awarded the Inkwell Award Special Recognition Award in 2015 for his 45-plus years of work, including co-creating DC Comic's Swamp Thing and Frankenstein. He was 68. After leaving DC Comics, he worked on 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations that accompanied a 1983 version of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, he drew the poster for the Stephen King horror film Creepshow, as well as did the illustrations for the comic book adaptation, and continued to work with King on 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. Comics characters he worked on included Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and he provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Raise a glass @sinKEVitch @JohnCassaday pic.twitter.com/5tODGUCkc0, RIP Bernie Wrightson: There were giants in those days. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. 1 (with Len Wein). Bernard Albert Wrightson (October 27, 1948 – March 18, 2017), sometimes credited as Bernie Wrightson, was an American artist, known for co-creating the Swamp Thing, his adaptation of the novel Frankenstein illustration work, and for his other horror comics and illustrations, which feature his trademark intricate pen and brushwork. Marvel is saddened by the passing of talented artist Bernie Wrightson. Bernie Wrightson, co-creator of DC Comics’ movie-starring creature Swamp Thing, died after a battle with brain cancer. 3 (Feb.-March 1973).[13]. — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 19, 2017. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. My North dark star of youth. Wrightson was born October 27, 1948, in Dundalk, Maryland. Though he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars, and even a highly detailed coloring book. He was 68. He has illustrated cards for Last Unicorn Games' collectible card game Heresy: Kingdom Come,[23] and has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. "Rest in peace my brother you will forever remain in our hearts", "Bernie shaped our imaginations.Such a nice man. [29][30] He died on March 18, 2017, at the age of 68. [36], He received the National Cartoonists Society's award in the category Comic Books for 2012 for Frankenstein Alive, Alive!.[37]. He was a nominee for the same award, then known as the "Goethe Award," in 1973. Soulmates such as you and Bernie always find their way back to each other. [35], Wrightson received the H.P. Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy. Wrightson was co-recipient of the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for 1986, along with Jim Starlin, for his work on Heroes for Hope. He would later illustrate the cover for TV Guide magazine's April 26 – May 2, 1997 issue, illustrating the TV miniseries of King's The Shining. My North dark star of youth. It's taken me years to get that. ", McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p.152 "The host that was first presented in a framing sequence by scribe Marv Wolfman and artist Bernie Wrightson received further, imaginative development in Neil Gaiman's, McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 153: "Following his debut in, McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 154: "Scribe Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson left Swamp Thing some company...the woman who would become Swamp Thing's soul mate, Abigail Arcane.". At one point Wrightson lived in the same Queens apartment building as artists Allen Milgrom, Howard Chaykin and Walter Simonson. A Conversation with Bernie Wrightson", "Bernie Wrightson – Horror Artist Bernie Wrightson's Official Website", "Byrne, Wrightson Return To IDW With New Series", "The Walking Dead season 7 finale: Who is Bernie Wrightson, the person episode 16 was dedicated to? [2][28], Wrightson announced in January 2017 that he was retiring because of his battle with cancer. Bernie Wrightson, the acclaimed comic book artist who co-created the horror creature of "Swamp Thing" fame, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, of brain cancer. pic.twitter.com/ExVrRjjjm6, — Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 19, 2017, Deeply saddened by the loss of Bernie Wrightson-1 of the all-time greats whose superb artistry will live on forever! My condolences to Liz. In 1968 he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Horror connoisseur del Toro took a 24-hour pledge of silence in honor of Wrightson, writing, "As it comes to all of us, the end came for the greatest that ever lived: Bernie Wrightson. I have nine out of the 13 favorite plates of the Frankenstein book that Bernie Wrightson ever did. published by IDW Publishing,[26] for which he won a National Cartoonists Society's award. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 146: "'Swamp Thing' was the name of Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's turn-of-the-century tale, and its popularity with readers led a modernized version of the character into his own series a year later. Our art, TV, you name it. He drives the eye right where it needs." I told him about Swamp Thing, and he said, 'I gotta draw that.'"[9]. 6 (with Len Wein).[33]. She died in 2015. 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