Comics writer Len Wein passed away over the weekend at the age of 69 years old. Wein was the co-creator of characters like Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Nightcrawler, Storm, Collusus, Luscious Fox and was editor of the seminal Watchmen series. He has writen on titles like X-Men, Justice League Of America, Detective Comics, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The Fantastic Four & Green Lantern in addition to editing The New Teen Titans, Batman & The Outsiders, All Star Squadron, Camelot 3000 and more. More details at DC
On Saturday comics legend Bernie Wrightson passed away at the age of 68. Over the years his name had become synonymous with horror comics in a way few (arguably no) others have before or since. His detailed line work added a naturalistic element to his art which only heightened the sense of atmosphere. His imaginative creature designs mixed the humane with the grotesque, finding their best expressions in Swamp Thing (co-created with Len Wein) and his acclaimed adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Guillermo del Toro wanted to use Wrightson’s illustrations as the visual basis for a Frankenstein film). His contributions did crossover to superheroes from time to time, most notably in his art for Jim Starlin’s Batman: The Cult miniseries. So, as we extend our sympathies to Wrightson’s loved ones, we also remember the legacy he leaves behind.
Rest In Peace, Bernie Wrightson
Famed artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. The news was announced overnight by his wife Liz via Facebook. In January Wrightson had announced his retirement due to complications from surgeries.
Wrightson is best known as the co-creator (with writer Len Wein) of DC’s Swamp Thing. Wrightson had a long involvement with DC’s horror titles and it is in that genre where he leaves his deepest legacy. Outside of comics, he is most renown for his contributions to an illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In addition, he collaborated on several projects with author Stephen King.
Wrightson was 68. A fuller obituary can be found on his website.
Rest In Peace Bernie Wrightson.
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