Bernie Wrightson, Legendary Comic Book Artist Passes Away

Hello to all the geek enthusiasts and nerd aficionados.

On Sunday March 19, 2017 it was announced that Bernie Wrightson, one of the great comic artists, had passed away. The news was revealed by his wife on his website. Bernie was 68 and lost his long battle with brain cancer.

Bernie Wrightson


Bernie Wrightson, a true treasure to the Genre

Bernie was the Co-creator, with Len Wein, of the character Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing

He also helped create Destiny with Marv Wolfman. A character used by Neil Gaiman in his Sandman stories. Helping to create two characters that are deeply entrenched in the DC comics mythos is no small feat.



Giving a face to the stories we fear

Bernie was able to really push the envelope with Warren Publishing. He tested out different perspectives of art style in his adaptions of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft stories’, giving us chilling yet beautiful interpretations.

Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Black Cat’

Bernie gave us a visual look into many of Stephen King’s stories as well. Bernie drew the comic book adaption of the film Creepshow. Which led to adding illustrations for ‘Cycle of the Werewolf’, the restored edition of ‘The Stand’, and fifth book in the Dark Tower Series ‘Wolves of the Calla’.

Creepshow comic book adaption


It is with great sadness that we report this news. We will keep all his family and friends in our thoughts during this hard time. Please let us know below if there was a story or piece of art that you appreciated from Bernie’s long history of work.

MEST5150 – Contributer

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