Bernie Wrightson, Co-Creator of Swamp Thing, Has Died
Bernie Wrightson, noted horror illustrator and co-creator of DC’s Swamp Thing, has died from brain cancer. He was 68. Known for his elaborate pen and ink illustrations, Wrightson leaves an immediately recognizable legacy in the horror and comic fields.
Inspired by meeting his idol, Frank Frazetta, at a comic book show, Wrightson decided to create and illustrate his own stories. His first professional work was “The Man Who Murdered Himself”, published in House of Mystery No. 179 in 1969. In addition to his work on Swamp Thing, he went on to co-create the DC character Destiny in Weird Mystery Tales.
Moving to Warren Publishing, Wrightson illustrated multiple horror comics based on classic stories as well as producing his own works. He also drew roughly 50 pen and ink illustrations for a special edition of Frankenstein.
Wrightson created the character Captain Sternn for Heavy Metal magazine in 1980; Sternn later got his own segment in the animated Heavy Metal film. Additionally, Wrightson illustrated the comic book adaptation of Stephen King’s Creepshow, as well as King’s Cycle of the Werewolf, The Stand, and Wolves of the Calla.
In 1985 he collaborated on the one-shot Heroes for Hope to raise money for famine relief in Africa. He also worked on designs for the Reavers in Serenity in 2005.
Wrightson received the Shazam Award in multiple years, the Inkpot Award, the H.P. Lovecraft Award, the National Cartoonists Society Award, and Special recognition from the Inkwell Awards.
He will be missed.