Bernie Wrightson, one of the best illustrators of our times is no more. Reports suggest that he died yesterday. He was 69.
Bernie Wrightson cause of death is brain cancer. He was suffering from the killer disease for a long time. The survival rate in brain cancer is abysmally low.
Reports suggest that the celebrated comic artist who attained unprecedented fame as the co-creator of DC Comics‘ iconic horror hero Swamp Thing was keeping unwell for a very long time.
His wife Liz in a Facebook post said, “Legendary comic book artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson has lost his long battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, stepson Thomas, and countless friends and fans. We will have a celebration of life for him later this year”.
He was a multi-talented personality. Besides Swamp Thing, Bernie Wrightson also worked for Heavy Metal magazine, as well as his years-ahead-of-its-time illustrations of the Frankenstein monster.
Born in Dundalk, Maryland in the year 1948, he reportedly became a fan of EC horror comics. He began his illustration career rather very early. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator at the age of 18. It didn’t take very long for him to realize that he wanted to make a different move. After meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he tried to start his own stories.
Meanwhile Liz Wrightson said her husband took a turn for the worse a couple months before his death “Last November Bernie began falling again, and having obvious problems with perception. He had to undergo yet another brain surgery to relieve bleeding, and then spend several weeks undergoing in-patient rehabilitation,” she said. “Unfortunately, it appears that he has lasting damage: he has extremely limited function on his left side, and is unable to walk or reliably use his left hand, among other limitations.”