Creator Spotlight – Bernie Wrightson

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Bernie Wrightson is an artist that once you see his art for the first time, you identify with it immediately. Every time you see it thereafter, you’ll recognize it. His art captivates you. The darkness, the detail, the realism is like no other. Granted, all artist have their styles and each one brings a different reaction/feeling to the table, but Bernie is a unique one.

InvestComics will walk readers through some of Mr. Wrightson’s work throughout the years, touching on some key issues from him. He is the master within the horror genre. You look at his work and it evokes so many emotions, most being scared, or feeling alone, or oh crap I’m about to die. Mr. Wrightson is a legend within the comic book industry and you should be educated in knowing him if you don’t. Read about some of Bernie’s history right HERE and go to the Bernie Wrightson official website HERE for some spectacular galleries and information about where you can meet up with this legend.

Here are some of the key books InvestComics would like to point out to our fans. Keep in mind here that Mr. Wrightson has a very large catalog and we simply will in fact miss books that you the fan deem necessary to include, but this is why we have Facebook, the message area below, Instagram, etc to have your voice heard. Tell us what your favorite works are from the “Master of the Macabre”.

Let’s have some fun here and visit some of these outstanding books.

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Bernie Wrightson’s first professional published work was in DC’s House of Mystery #179 (1969). He did a backup story with another comic legend (early work), writer Marv Wolfman. This comic also featured some early work from Sergio Aragones and Neal Adams (Cover Artist).

His first non horror related comic came immediately following his first work. Although not too far from the realm of horror, he penciled a Spectre story in The Spectre #9 (1969)

Bernie continued to do interior backup stories for DC and a few covers for some magazines/indies, but it wasn’t until late 1970 when Marvel Comics stepped in and let Bernie do his first comic cover; Chamber of Darkness #7. His second Marvel cover would turn out to be Creatures on the Loose #10 (1971). Why mention his second cover you may ask? He collaborated on the cover with some guy named Jack ‘King’ Kirby. It also happens to be the first appearance of King Kull.

Green Lantern #82 (1971) turned out to be the first major superhero work. He only did the inks on one page here though. Inks over Neal Adams.

Here’s an interesting thing. Bernie did a cover for House of Mystery #195 (1971) and the name of the story was “Bat Out of Hell”. Look at that cover……..2 months later he’s one of the writers in Batman #237 (1971), which also is the first appearance of the Reaper. Then a few months after that he collaborates with Neal Adams on the Batman #241 (1972) cover. It looks very similar to the House of Mystery cover Bernie did just a few months prior. Was that House of Mystery cover a Batman break-in for Bernie? Possible right? Well just a few months after the Neal Adams Batman collaboration cover came Bernie’s first solo Batman cover happened on Detective Comics #425 (1972).

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Dialing back for a second here, House of Secrets #92 (1971) is a prize from the Bernie collection as far as first appearances are concerned. This comic features the first appearance of Swamp Thing. Wrightson is to Swamp Thing as McFarlane is to Spidey, Kirby is to Captain America, Frank Miller is to Daredevil….you get the idea right? Wrightson does the cover and interior here. Fantastic comic to own.

Already mentioned above were some of Wrightson’s first work with Marvel, but about a superhero for Marvel? He’s already done Batman for DC, what about Marvel? After some stints with Kull and Conan, he did his first sort of superhero character in Astonishing Tales #31 (1975). His cover art was a collaboration with Ed J. Harrington and it depicted Deathlok shooting in a blaze of glory. Okay so Deathlok doesn’t do it for you? How about Incredible Hulk #56 (1976)……from France. Yes that’s right. He did a Hulk solo cover that appeared only in France. Good luck getting that comic in NM condition….ever. So what about a SOLO Marvel cover in the States as a first for Bernie in regards to a major Marvel Superhero? Captain Marvel #43 (1976)? Nope, another collaboration. How about Incredible Hulk #197 (1976)? We have a winner! ….And who is that on the cover? Why yes that’s Man-Thing (coincidence? Um, no). What a beauty of a cover too.

Speaking of beauty. Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein (pictured above). Wow. Just wow. Marvel at the beauty of this artistry. Unbelievable, magnificent, poetry, classic….there simply are not enough words here.

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Bernie’s first Superman came in Superman #272 (1974) as a pinup. Still counts as a first. He also contributed a pinup in a Superman pinup portfolio in 1984.

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Here’s a question to ponder. Since the mention of Batman and Superman, what about Marvel’s flagship character? Spidey! Yes Bernie Wrightson penciled, inked and colored his first Spider-Man story back in 1986. Marvel had these really cool things called graphic novels back in the 80’s that featured original stories in oversized fashion and on super shiny paper. Oh it was so cool, good times, good times….. anyways, “Amazing Spider-Man in Hooky” was the name of Marvel’s graphic novel #22 (1986) that Bernie had complete creative control (except writing duties). This was Bernie’s first and only Spider-Man story he’s ever done. In Marvel graphic novel #29 (1987), Wrightson collaborated with legend Jim Starlin; The Incredible Hulk and the Thing. It wasn’t until the following year that Jim Starlin And Bernie Wrightson would collaborate to make one of the top 10 Batman stories of all time.

Batman: The Cult was and still is a bad as* Batman story. A four issue series that still brings it to this day. Still sort after and if you don’t own it, you should.

Rolling back here, here are two freebie’s for InvestComics fans. Back in 1983, Doctor Strange/Silver Dagger Special Edition #1, cover by Wrightson. Dreadstar #6, Get these comics in a 9.8 grade, get Bernie to sign them (Jim Starlin as well; Dreadstar #6), grade them and sell them before the Dr. Strange madness dies down a few years from now and the Dreadstar craze begins and dies as well. Your welcome.

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Invest wisely. Read comics. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

 

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Batman Checklist #3

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…..And now the third and final installment of the Batman Checklist. This is my personal favorite, such a variety of comics. In no particular order, lets jump right in shall we?

No particular order except for the first comic here. The 3 part Batman Checklist hones in on the Dark Knight and all of his adversaries, but the main event happens on July 20th in theaters everywhere. Batman vs. Bane is going to be an epic movie no doubt.

Simply put here. Bane is the equivalent of Spidey’s Venom. Bane is as important a villain within Batman’s world as is Venom is Spider-Man’s world. Actually, these 2 villains are the most important thing to happen to their respective comics when they first arrived on the scene and continue to be a force. This isn’t about Venom though, this is about Bane. He’s now appearing in a second Batman movie for a reason. Yes we all know the first Bane movie doesn’t count. But deny all you want, he’s there! Bane has become the modern era Joker. Yes the Joker is the Prince, but Bane is the King.

Batman Checklist (Part 3 of 3)

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Vengeance of Bane – Here it is fans, the reason why the Batman Rises movie will be so epic. This dude is going to bring it………the first appearance of Bane.

New York World’s Fair (1940) – This beauty of a comic has the dubious distinction of being the first time Superman, Batman and Robin ever teamed up. A cool $15,000 makes you a proud owner.

Dark Knight #1-4 – As previously stated in the InvestComics Dark Knight Rises Comic Hot Picks Special (Part 1 of 3), Frank Miller is THE game changer within the Batman comic book realm. Yes artistically and storytelling creators Neal Adams, Norm Breyfogle and the Jim Lee’s of the world were also game changers, but Frank Miller takes the crown here. This series puts the “Dark Knight” into the Dark Knight. If for reasons unimaginable that you do not own this series to some capacity, be it trade, 3rd printing individuals or the originals…..well you’re not a Batman fan or a comic collector.

All American Comics #61 – The first appearance of Solomon Grundy.

3D Batman 1953 – The first 3D Batman comic. $1800 for this little gem.

Batman Adventures #12 – The first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn. She first appeared on the Batman: The Animated Series cartoon series.

Batman and the Outsiders #1 – A neat 80’s series written by Mike Barr and drawn by legendary Batman artist Jim Aparo.

Batman and the Outsiders #22 – This little nugget contains the first work by creator Alan Davis.

Batman Family #6 – Fist appearance of Joker’s daughter Duela Dent.

Brave and the Bold #75 – This comic came out the same month as Neal Adams’ first Batman art ever in Detective Comics #370…..so technically this would be Neal Adams 2nd Batman art, but definitely worth noting here. Neal Adams is obviously a legend and when he drew Batman, he raised the bar and set standards that many artists today still emulate.

Gotham by Gaslight –Fantastic storytelling and Mike Mignola on pencils! Nuff said.

Joker #1 – Why did it take until 1975 for a great villain like the Joker to get his own series?? Why did it take so long? Get this gem for only $50.

Justice League of America #1 – Of course Batman had to join a team eventually right? Here’s the most famous team of all with Batman in it. $20,000 gets you ownership rights on this one. Now if Warner Brothers could just get their act together and get rolling with some movies…..but that’s another article, another time.

Batman: The Killing Joke – Okay so let’s do another comparison here. The Dark Knight series (Frank Miller) is to the Batman character in comics as is The Killing Joke is to the Joker character. No matter how many Greg Capullo’s you pull out, Neal Adams, Jim Starlin’s…etc. Batman: the Killing Joke will ALWAYS remain THE Joker book. With names like Alan Moore and Brian Bolland on this comic, it’s a no brainer to already have this comic in your collection. You do have this in your collection, right? If not, refer back to The Dark Knight #1-4.

Secret Origins #1 – ….Just a cool number one origins issue with Batman.

Superman #76 – This is the first time Batman steps inside of a Superman comic.

Superman/Batman #1 – And staying with the Superman theme here. This wildly popular series debuted in 2003. Written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by Ed McGuiness.

Batman: Sword of Azrael – First appearance of Azrael and Joe Quesada art on the entire series!

Batman: The Cult #1-4 – A four part series with names like Berni Wrightson, Jim Starlin and Bill Wray attached to it. What more does one need here?

World’s Best Comics #1 – An early team up with Superman, Robin……and yes Batman.

Batman Team-Ups

Hulk vs. Batman – The most shameful part of these fantastic collector’s items are that the newer collector will probably never get the joy of having an oversized comic like this come out, let alone a Marvel vs. DC character! Egos are running at an all time high and the unfortunate part with this is that the fans won’t get to see or feel that excitement of big time characters facing off.

Daredevil and Batman – Two characters that rule the night. Awesome team-up.

Spider-Man and Batman – Will we ever see something like this again?? Creators; DeMatteis, Bagley, Hanna and Farmer bring these two icons together.

Batman and Captain America – Again, we will probably never see the likes of this again. AND by John Byrne?!? Yes, very awesome.

Darkness/Batman – Top Cow puts their top tier character with the Dark Knight.

Spawn/Batman  – Image Comics throws their hat in the ring with their flagship character at the time. Creator’s Todd McFarlane and Frank Miller bring this comic to life. Spawn, Batman, Miller and McFarlane?? Yes it really happened.

Batman/Grendel – Creator Matt Wagner. Nuff said.

Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgment on Gotham – Judge Dredd and Batman by Alan Grant and Simon Bisley!

Superman & Batman vs. Aliens & Predator – Dark Horse gets into the team-up act with their best franchise at the time. Place you bets kiddies, you won’t be seeing this again anytime soon. Mark Schultz and Ariel Olivetti on this comic.

The Batman team up comics may not be the most riveting stories of all time, but they were meant to feed into a fanboy’s geek dream of seeing something “outside the realm” of the same old mundane team-ups. They did their job in the respect that they brought enjoyment and at the end of the day they entertained us all. And they continue to do so today.

………….so when is that Superman movie coming out?

 

Invest wisely. Read Batman.

Jay Katz