- Paperback: 358 pages
- Publisher: Underwood-Miller; First Ed Thus edition (June 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0887331289
- ISBN-13: 978-0887331282
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Berni Wrightson: A Look Back Paperback – June 1, 1991
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Works presented in their entirety include Purple Pictography, The Monsters Color-the-Creature Book (with two plates colored by Wrightson), The Edgar Allen Poe Portfolio (except "The Telltale Heart", shown as a full-page sketch), The Horror and Fantasy Poster Series, The Muck Monster (original B&W line art version), and The Dinosaur print series (in B&W, with color close-ups). Of course, the book is brimming with original line art from Swamp Thing to the Warren years and beyond, as well as numerous sketches and unpublished work. Additional color pieces are also featured (such as the gorgeous ink-and-watercolor cover paintings for DC's "House of Mystery" paperbacks).
The artist's anecdotes cover a range of topics, from page rates and how a particular deadline got met (often with the help of Kaluta or Jones!) to what techniques or materials were used and whether or not a piece was an artistic success. A highlight is the chapter on "Frankenstein", which reveals just how rigorous Wrightson can be in editing and evaluating his own work; this section includes many pieces deemed "not quite good enough" for inclusion into the illustrated novel.
At approximately 9 x 12 inches and 360 glossy pages, this volume feels encyclopedic. 99% of the artwork is from original sources—a rare exception being a gallery of Swamp Thing covers (in color) and "The Fanny Nappers" (in B&W) from Purple Pictography. The line art reproduction is faultless. The color reproduction seems generally quite strong, though perhaps slightly lacking in vibrancy or "punch". All in all, the book provides an impressive and candid look at Wrightson's career and output up to that time. If only every great artist could have a book of this magnitude, written during a peak of their career!
This particular edition is the softcover with a copyright of 1979.
The chapter breakdown is as follows:
The Monster Parade
The book is large, (9x12), which allows for generous repros of the subject matter.
I'd say about 90% of the book is b&w, which is nice, as it draws attention to Bernie's fantastic linework.
If you love Wrightson, or your art tastes run on the macabre side, do yourself a favor and add this one to your library. You won't be disappointed.