One of the most sobering aspects of growing older is the loss of the people around you that have had a profound effect on your life. The loss of reference points to different times in your life, one by one, inevitably pass away.
Those of you reading this right now, who didn’t really connect with me here, other than the fact that “there go the old guys again”, will eventually understand my opening statement on a personal level, rather than anecdotally.
Bernie Wrightson passed away on March 19th 2017 after a long battle with brain cancer.
I never knew Bernie Wrightson on a personal level, but he really did influence my life. Here is the link to an early post of Tales from the Comicdenn which recounts that story. I hope you go back and read it before moving forward with this article, as I think, it says a lot about the man.
I had the pleasure of not only spending some time in conversation with him on those two occasions, but also at Fan Expo in 2014 in Toronto. Bernie really seemed like a very humble guy and never made you feel like you were bothering him. He genuinely enjoyed having a serious conversation about the topics you wanted to discuss. He was gracious enough to autograph a beautiful hardcover copy of Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson.
As shown in the previous post, I had purchased an original piece of artwork that was only minimally inked. I scanned it and completed it and asked him if I could use the inked version for my business card for Comicdenn.com my website and business, and he enthusiastically gave me permission. To say not every creator would have been so generous is an understatement.
He is missed by many people who had a very personal connection with him and I have attached a couple links to those tributes.
It has also just been announced that there is a Wrightson Artifact Edition in the works which will feature early Swamp Thing stories as well as much more.
So , may you rest in peace Bernie Wrightson, and thank you for sharing your incredible gift with the rest of us.For an artist who is best known for some pretty frightening images and stories, no one could make monstrous look so beautiful.