Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein

Frankenstein was a comic adaptation of the novel , first published in 1983 by American company Marvel Comics , with script and art by Bernie Wrightson . In 1994 a new edition was released by Dark Horse Comics for the 25th anniversary.

Publication history

This edition is reprinted by Mary Shelley (1831 edition), with illustrations by Wrightson. Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations. [1]The book includes an introduction by Stephen King and Wrightson himself. The illustrations themselves are not based on the Boris Karloff or Lee films, but on the actual book of descriptions of characters and objects. [1] Wrightson aussi used a period or style, Saying “I wanted the book to look like ancient year; to-have the feeling of woodcuts or steel engravings, something of That era” and basing the feel is artists like Franklin Booth , JC Coll andEdwin Austin Abbey . [2]

Wrightson has said that it was an unpaid project:

I’ve always had a thing for Frankenstein , and it was a labor of love. It was not an assignment, it was not a job. I would have had the drawings when I was paying attention, and I would have to be caught up with bills and groceries and what-not. I would take three days here, a week there, to work on the Frankenstein volume. It took about seven years. [2]

For the 25th anniversary of the first edition in October 2008, a new edition was prepared and released by Dark Horse Comics in an oversized (9 “x 12”), hardcover format [3]scanned from the original artwork, when it could be tracked down. [2]

Frankenstein Alive, Alive! 

In 2012, Wrightson and Writer Steve Niles began publishing a comic book series titled Frankenstein Alive, Alive! which is a “Writeson’s sequel to acclaimed 1983 illustrated version” by IDW Publishing . [4] Wrightson won his first National Cartoonists Society’s award in the Comic Books category for Frankenstein Alive, Alive! in 2013. [5]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Niles, Steve (2012-05-08). “Frankenstein Alive, Alive! A Conversation with Bernie Wrightson” . . Retrieved 2017-10-14 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c Carey, Edward (2008-06-16). “Spotlight on Bernie Wrightson” . Comic Book Resources . Retrieved 2017-10-14 .
  3. Jump up^ Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein detailsat Dark Horse
  4. Jump up^ “Byrne, Wrightson Return To IDW With New Series” . Archived from the original on March 6, 2012 . Retrieved March 5, 2012 .
  5. Jump up^ 2013 Reuben Winners Archived Awards 2008-12-18 at theWayback Machine. at, 25.May 2013 Retrieved 14.August 2013

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