Sad news to report today as comic book artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Mr. Wrightson's wife made the announcement of his passing early Sunday on the illustrator's official web site. He was 68 years old.
Mr. Wrightson is perhaps best known for creating the DC Comics character Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein and for illustrating the Swamp Thing comic during the 1970's.
After leaving DC Comics, Wrightson spent seven years creating 50 highly detailed pen-and-ink illustrations for a 1983 version of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. He would also go on to work with author Stephen King and served as a conceptual artist on such classic films as Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, and George A. Romero’s zombie movie Land of the Dead.
Born in October1948, Bernie Wrightson began his career in 1966 working as an illustrator for The Baltimore Sun newspaper. Two years later, he would show samples of his art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and ended up with a freelance assignment.
Just over a decade after creating Swamp Thing, Wrightson and Wein would watch as Wes Craven would bring the character to the big screen in a major motion picture. Released in 1982, the film would follow a scientist who would be transformed into the Defender Of The Green after an accident involving experimental chemicals. The film would be generally well received, and would go on to become a cult classic in the years that followed.
Wrightson is also credited with helping co-created Destiny with Marv Wolfman. The character debuted in the pages of Weird Mystery Tales in 1972, and would even meet Superman shortly after. Destiny tried to stop from helping people in order to break a forming destiny of Metropolis becoming dependent upon him.
Rest In Peace, Mr. Wrightson!
Our thoughts are with your friends and family during this difficult time. May fond memories of Bernie, and his many iconic accomplishments, comfort you in the days and months to come!
Bernie is survived by his dear wife Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, stepson Thomas, and countless friends and fans.
Source: Liz Wrightson
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