SOLD ON: Monday, 12/14/2020 8:58 PM
COMMENTS: Bernie Wrightson pencils, inks and watercolor; 1980; image size 10" x 15"
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Bernie Wrightson pencils, inks and watercolor; 1980; image size 10" x 15"Bernie Wrightson's 1981 Illustration of the "hulking" character Hanover Fiste featured in the stories of Captain Sternn of the early 1980s and in the Heavy Metal feature film. Wrightson captures high contrasting lighting with expert water colors and inks. The Jekyll-&-Hyde-like figure creeps into the light aboard some distant, perverted spaceship as one would find in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine. The perfect wall piece for fans of the counter culture zine or the artist himself. Pen and ink w/watercolor on illustration board. Art is in excellent condition. Signed and dated by Wrightson.
Starting out as an amateur, a meeting with Frank Frazetta at a comic convention in 1967 inspired Bernie Wrightson to pursue his dream of becoming a comic book artist, he began working for DC after contributing work samples to Dick Giordano, in the Silver Age he would illustrate short stories in horror anthologies, in one of those tales he invented the Swamp Thing, who would be granted his own title, which Bernie drew the first ten issues of, then he moved over to Warren, known for their macabre content, and grew his fan base, at one point he was living in the same building as Al Milgrom, Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson. He left comics to form an artist's collective known as 'The Studio' where he would concentrate on posters and lithographs, portfolios and the like, his adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is commonly regarded as his finest achievement. His pen and ink and brush work on this black and white collection is elegant and emotionally resonant. He also collaborated with Stephen King on adapting his work like Creepshow. In later years he did spot work on comics, while continuing his poster work, notably illustrating the popular Batman: The Cult series. He passed away in 2017 after a long battle with brain cancer.