Comic book heavyweight Bernie Wrightson effectively retreated from public life following illness and brain surgery last January. It is with sadness that we are now getting word that the lauded co-creator of The Swamp Thing has passed away; he was 68 years old.
Wrightson’s career stretches back to 1968’s House of Mystery No. 168. A regular contributor to DC titles in his early career, he not only co-created Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein, but also co-created the character Destiny with Marv Wolfman in Weird Mystery Tales No. 1 in 1972; that character would go on to become a recurring presence in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman almost two decades later.
Post-DC, Wrightson would go on to work for National Lampoon and create illustrations for a number of prose projects, including editions of Frankenstein and Stephen King‘s Cycle of the Werewolf and The Stand. He also illustrated the comic book adaptation of King’s big-screen collaboration with George A. Romero, Creepshow (1982).
The news comes just days after the death of another iconic comic artist; Jay Lynch, known for his work on the satirical trading cards Garbage Pail Kids, recently passed away at 72.
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All of us here at Horror Freak News send our sincerest condolences to Wrightson’s fans, friends, and family. He was a unique and visionary artist who will be missed.