Official Bernie Wrightson web site
An influential comic book artist who began with various small print run independent comics in the 1960s and then became an integral part of DC Comics' mystery books of the 1970s. He branched out into personal projects (like his illustrated Frankenstein) and Hollywood design work. Along with Len Wein, Wrightson is co-creator of Swamp Thing.
Born October 27, 1948, in Dundalk, Maryland
Died March 18, 2017, Austin,Texas
Berni Wrightson has died
2017: From the Berni Wrightson Web Site:
"Bernie “Berni” Wrightson (born October 27, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) was an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He received training in art from reading comics, particularly those of EC, as well as through a correspondence course from the Famous Artists School. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name."
Wrightson's mammoth 7-year project to draw Mary Shelley's original novel in a version not tainted by Hollywood influences, but rather re-envisioned as an "antique book" filled with period ink drawings that recall classic illustration time periods when engraving was the main printing process. Has been printed and reprinted in various editions with varying covers and sizes.
Swamp Thing #7
Wrightson's version of Batman in 1973 reflected the revival of the dominant ideas that circulated in the original Batman comics of the late 1930s. Gotham City as a heavily-shadowed world of urban violence and strange happenings (such as Swamp Thing showing up) easily mixed with Wrightson's ink-heavy brush and pen work.
Berni Wrightson News
Feb 2017: Classic comic artist Bernie Wrightson has suffered serious health issues and has announced his retirement:
"...he has extremely limited function on his left side, and is unable to walk or reliably use his left hand, among other limitations.
We have had to come to the sad conclusion that he is now effectively retired: he will produce no new art, and he is unable to attend conventions."
Full information is on the Bernie Wrightson official web site
Superman Batman Annual #3, March 2009
Berni Wrightson, 1973
From the "Batman" issue of Swamp Thing #7
Wrightson detail image Werewolf - 1975
Wrightson - Batman the Cult
Original page March 2013 | Updated Feb 2018