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Bernie Wrightson’s Prints and Paintings (14 Images)

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Here’s another look at the work of the late Bernie Wrightson, the legendary illustrator and comics artist who died March 18. For a little more about Bernie, see our previous post on his Swamp Thing covers.

Wrightson was known for his work on comics and comic magazines like Swamp Thing and Warren Publishing’s Creepy, and he will forever be a titan of the Heavy Metal pantheon for his invention of Captain Sternn (featured in the 1981 Heavy Metal movie)—but he also excelled at non-sequential work, such as paintings and limited-edition portfolios. Here’s a selection of some representative pieces by the master:

"Conan the Cimmerian" by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

“Conan the Cimmerian” by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

"Moon Pool" by Bernie Wrightson

“Moon Pool” by Bernie Wrightson

A Bernie Wrightson painting inspired by the Biblical story of David and Goliath

A Bernie Wrightson painting inspired by the Biblical story of David and Goliath

The Confrontation, by Bernie Wrightson. This image was used for the back cover of the September 1982 issue of Heavy Metal.

The Confrontation, by Bernie Wrightson. This image was used for the back cover of the September 1982 issue of Heavy Metal.

"The Black Cat" by Bernie Wrightson, from a series of illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

“The Black Cat” by Bernie Wrightson, from a series of illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

"The Masque of the Red Death" by Bernie Wrightson, from a series of illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

“The Masque of the Red Death” by Bernie Wrightson, from a series of illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

"The Cask of Amontillado" by Bernie Wrightson, from a series of illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

“The Cask of Amontillado” by Bernie Wrightson, from a series of illustrations of Edgar Allan Poe stories (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

From a series of dinosaur prints done by Bernie Wrightson for The Land of Enchantment, 1977

From a series of dinosaur prints done by Bernie Wrightson for The Land of Enchantment, 1977

From a series of dinosaur prints done by Bernie Wrightson for The Land of Enchantment, 1977

From a series of dinosaur prints done by Bernie Wrightson for The Land of Enchantment, 1977

From a series of dinosaur prints done by Bernie Wrightson for The Land of Enchantment, 1977

From a series of dinosaur prints done by Bernie Wrightson for The Land of Enchantment, 1977

Hannover Fiste image by Bernie Wrightson, 1978

Hannover Fiste image by Bernie Wrightson, 1978

"Siegfried" by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises); this image was used for the cover of Heavy Metal #5, August 1977

“Siegfried” by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises); this image was used for the cover of Heavy Metal #5, August 1977

"Freaks" by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

“Freaks” by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

"Counsel to a Minion" by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

“Counsel to a Minion” by Bernie Wrightson (1976, Christopher Enterprises)

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Published on: March 27, 2017

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5 Responses to Bernie Wrightson’s Prints and Paintings (14 Images)

  1. Jorge Ladeira says:

    There is no E at the end of Berni. Get your facts straight.

    • Jorge Ladeira says:

      I counted a total of 17 times. It’s even at the bottom of the pictures too. Shame on you.

      • Josh Robertson says:

        Bernie Wrightson decided to drop the “e” off his name early in his career because at that time there was *another* Bernie Wrightson — an Olympic gold medalist in diving. Bernie the artist started signing his work “Berni” to avoid confusion with Bernie the diver. For many of Wrightson’s most pivotal years, he was Berni — indeed, his Heavy Metal work is all credited without that trailing “e”. At some point, he decided to reclaim his “e” and, for posterity and in perpetuity, will go down as Bernie Wrightson. Bernie Wrightson’s official website is berniewrightson.com and his official obituary, written by his family, spells it “Bernie.” Maybe if people would run a Google search before telling others to “get your facts straight” and “shame on you,” the internet would be a friendlier place. Just a thought.

  2. Dave Ryan says:

    Thank you for posting these images, some of which I own in print or portfolio form.

    When Wrightson became a professional artist in 1969, there was an Olympic swimmer by the same name, so to distinguish himself from the Swimmer, he spelled his name Berni instead of Bernie, his actual name. Sometime around 1995, he reverted to the Bernie spelling, figuring there would be no confusing the two at that point.

    Most of these were limited-edition prints from 1976-1978 for Christopher Enterprises (collected in the A LOOK BACK book by Chris Zavisa, who published the prints.

    “The Confrontation” was released as a poster. It was listed as a production sketch for a proposed movie, in addition to being a back cover for HEAVY METAL in 1982.

    The Hanover Fiste image is from Wrightson’s 1978 portfolio APPARITIONS. The portfolio coverage and the four interior plates, of which this is one, are all outstandingly beautiful work by Wrightson. And for many years, you could buy this portfolio on ebay or elsewhere for 10 dollars. A bit higher now. There is a signed/numbered edition that has an additional plate.

    Wrightson died way too young, but I’m grateful he left us so many beautiful pages to remember him by.

    “The Black Cat”, “A Cask of Amontillado”, and “Masque of the Red Death” were all in an EDGAR ALLAN POE portfolio by Wrightson in 1976. I had the chance to buy this once back in 1982, and am kicking myself for not doing so.

  3. Randall Patrick Skehan says:

    I cant stop looking at the line work.Its not coming back. I am going to cry!

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