One of the worst things about getting older is learning of the death of people you admire. Bernie Wrightson, who recently died at the (I think, young) age of 68, was one of those people. Bernie was a great illustrator and comic book artist. He, along with Len Wein, created the character, Swamp Thing, a very human monster. The character later went on to appear in films and a TV series.
Bernie was known for his horror illustration, which were featured in comic books, (where I first saw them), graphic novels, and books. He illustrated work by Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley, among others. He also designed characters for films, including work for the original Ghostbusters. Bernie’s drawing style was beautifully dark and gothic, yet also, at times, wonderfully humorous. His use of light was masterful. His lyrical brushstrokes were poetic.
Bernie was a kind and gentle guy who frequently encouraged young artists, giving of his time and expertise.
Bernie’s drawings will be loved as long as there are people who appreciate extraordinary art.
Illustrations copyright Bernie Wrightson and DC Comics