On March 18th, 2017, Bernie Wrightson, legendary artist, best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing ( with Len Wein ) and for his
works with Eerie Comics and his illustration of the Mary Shelley's classic,Frankenstein, passed away at age 68 after a long battle with cancer. On that day, the world lost a wonderful artist, a true pioneer, an original Master of Horror. And for me, i just lost one of my first ever comics heroes.
I got to know Wrightson's work a little bit too late in comparison to the time i've spend reading comics. Despite being a huge fan of Swamp Thing, i discovered the character only through the wonders of stories crafted by Alan Moore, by Scott Snyder, but for some reasons, i never really had a chance to get into the original series, the one created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, in one of his first truly striking and haunting artwork. I got to know his work later on when i discovered a mini series called " Batman:The Cult ", which for me at the time, the strangest story i've ever read, not just in the boundary of an usual Batman comics. It's macabre, twisted, and the mesmerizing artwork of Wrightson just sucked me in and never let go. I became a fan on that very day, and soon after, like Alice who felt down the rabbit hole and discovered a whole new world, the twisted new dimension brought by his artwork changed my perception of how art would and should be forever.
Still to this day, when i open and reread through his first Swamp Thing run, or just spend hours and hours staring at some of his illustration in Frankenstein, i'm still amazed by not just how he can be so intricate when it comes to details, but also the skill and time and dedication that needed to produce them.
For my artwork, i can say personally that i don't take much after from a lot of people, but Bernie Wrightson, he's especially one of my biggest influence, and just to see him departed from the great plateau of life, well, it certainly motivated me to do something in return, despite how sloppy, rush, or bad it was. For Bernie, i'm inspired to do the only thing that i know.