Saturday, October 18, 2008

bernie wrightson (part 1)...

All I want to do today is lie in bed and watch horror movies. Actually, that's all I want to do most days, but today I think I'm actually going to give in to the urge. Well, maybe. Anyway, if you're reading this, you probably know who Bernie Wrightson. He started on horror comics at DC in the late 1960s, soon gaining acclaim for the co-creation, with writer Len Wein, of Swamp Thing. Wrightson left "Swamp Thing" after 10 issues, but continued to occasionally work for DC, as well as Warren, Marvel, Atlas/Seaboard, Major and Heavy Metal, doing almost exclusively horror comics (he's occasionally done an issue of Batman or something like that). In 1983, Marvel published his beautifully illustrated edition of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (the complete novel accompanied by Wrightson's original artwork). He also did the comics adaptation of Stephen King and George Romero's Creepshow, and illustrated King's novella Cycle of the Werewolf (later filmed as Silver Bullet). In the 1990s he did some superhero stuff, some Punisher bullshit, and whatever. He's still active, though not so much as in his prime.

"Masterworks Series of Great Comic Book Artists" was a short lived attempt by DC, co-published with Sea Gate, to present high quality reprints of the work of some of their most famous artists, whatever, exactly what the title says. The first two issues featured Frank Frazetta, the issue here, number 3, was all about Bernie Wrightson, then the series was canceled (the next issue was supposed to have featured Neal Adams.). This issue features the stories "Molded in Evil," written by George Kashdan, from "Plop!" #5, "The Secret of the Egyptian Cat," written by Bob Kanigher, from "House of Mystery" #186, "House of Madness," possibly written by Gerry Conway, Joe Orland or Wrightson himself, from "House of Mystery" #188, and the great "The Gourmet," which I've included complete, written Steve Skeates, from "Plop!" #1. Great stuff here, and more Wrightson to come...











Happy Halloween!

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