Legendary horror artist and master of the macabre Bernie "Berni" Wrightson has passed away at age 68 after a long battle with brain cancer. The artist was most well-known for his horror illustrations both in comics and books, featuring intricate linework and dark and rich shadows. He retired this past January due to his failing health.
Wrightson's first published comic book work was in DC's House of Mystery #179 published in 1968. His most famous work for DC may be on Swamp Thing, who he co-created with writer Len Wein. He did work for several comic companies including DC, Warren, and Marvel.
Saga of the Swamp Thing #1 cover
Captain Sternn: Running Out of Time #1 cover, Captain Sternn was created by Wrightson, and first appeared in Heavy Metal magazine. The character appeared in the animated Heavy Metal movie.
Cover for an edition of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein in which Wrightson did 50 illustrations for.
The news of Bernie Wrightson's death was revealed by his wife Liz Wrightson.
Austin, TX - 3-18-2017
Legendary comic book artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson has lost his long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, stepson Thomas, and countless friends and fans. We will have a celebration of life for him later this year. His full obituary can be found here: www.berniewrightson.com
Thank you for the many years of love and support!
Rest in peace.