Announced by his wife Liz on Facebook earlier today, comic artist legend Bernie Wrightson has sadly passed away at the age of 68, just days after surgery to help combat his brain cancer.
Wrightson will always be best known for his horror work within the medium of comic books, particularly co-creating DC Comics mainstay Swamp Thing with Len Wein. Wrightson’s other most popular work is his 1983 comic adaptation of Frankenstein, which highlighted his unique style of his work using pens and brushes.
He also drew several issues of DC and Marvel’s respective horror anthology books, House of Secrets and House of Mystery during the 60s and 70s and was an artist on Heavy Metal too. Even provided artwork for Stephen King’s anthology film Creepshow.
Wrightson’s art style did really standout among the field of comic book artwork for years and might well be the best horror artist ever as he was incredibly atmospheric and detailed in his work to really create a sense of horror and dread.
Other in the comic book industry have of course offered their condolences for a legend in the business.
RIP Bernie Wrightson: There were giants in those days. 1991, when all the world was young. (L to R, Frank, me, Bill, Bernie and Dave.) pic.twitter.com/ExVrRjjjm6
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 19, 2017
Oh no. NO. NO.NO. Just learned the devastating news that Bernie Wrightson has passed away. I'm devastated. My heart…
Learned of the brilliant Bernie Wrightson’s passing while I sit here working on a Swamp Thing book with a stack of his pages on my desk… pic.twitter.com/WqJIE4P1su
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) March 19, 2017
Bernie Wrightson was a true master of pen & ink, and always so nice when I'd see him at cons and gush over how much I love his art. RIP. pic.twitter.com/GjjpjVjoT6
— Becky Cloonan 🗡 (@beckycloonan) March 19, 2017
We here at Don’t Hate the Geek offer our condolences to Bernie’s wife Liz and all surviving friends and family of his.
If you’ve seen any of Bernie Wrightson’s artwork, post your favorites in the comments below! If you haven’t, check out many of his works here.