Saturday, November 26, 2005

Bernie Wrightson

I've always loved Wrightsons work. When I was a kid, his drawings popped up all over the place: Creepy & Eerie magazines, Swamp Thing and many other horror and fantasy story illustrations.

Wrightson grew up admiring the work of the EC artists and in the late 60's began to work for Marvel and DC on their titles. In 1971 he created Swamp Thing wrghtsw1with Len Wein. His best period of work was during the 70's where he broke from DC and began producing numerous paperback covers, book jackets and interiors, posters, portfolios and collectible cards.

The image above is from what many consider Wrightson's masterpiece. He spent 7 years doing 50 ink illustrations for an edition of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. The drawings are amazing and add immense depth to the reading of this novel.

This great illustrator is still working and provided conceptual work for the design of the Reavers from the recent movie Serenity.

1 comment:

Crumbolst said...

Wow, that first image is extraordinary. It depicts the chaos Frankenstein created, the exhausted monster himself and a wiped, befuttled creator. You also get the sense of how irreplicable the experiment is. Not bad for a pen. I'd like to see all 50 illustrations. In fact, it would be a good way to read the novel.