SOLD ON: Monday, 03/11/2019 12:26 PM
COMMENTS: Preliminary Swamp Thing cover painting; Bernie Wrightson painted and signed; image size 14" x 10"; classic image of classic character by his creator
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Preliminary Swamp Thing cover painting; Bernie Wrightson painted and signed; image size 14" x 10"; classic image of classic character by his creatorBernie Wrightson's name conjures up images of the most horrific, gruesome, and gorgeous scenes ever put to paper. His legion of fans clamors to own pieces he created that are appallingly beautiful to behold. Wrightson's legendary work on Swamp Thing garnered him the highest praise from both fans and artists alike, and this piece, painted and signed by Wrightson on thick illustration board, features the brutish bog beast in a ghoulish battle scene. This is preliminary art that served as the inspiration for the final design of the front cover of DC Special Series #2, printed in 1977 as a part of the title that ran from 1977 through 1981 with each issue focusing on a particular character. A uniquely original piece.
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.