Tuesday, August 2, 2016
WRIGHTSON'S SWAMP THING NO. 1 ORIGINAL COVER ART
The DC Comics character, Swamp Thing, has seen many writers and artists come and go, and the title has been resurrected numerous times since its inception. None, however, have equaled the original team of scripter Len Wein and draftsman Bernie Wrightson. First appearing in HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 (July 1971), it was their version that set the bar for this intriguing tale with a cautionary undertone that reflected the political movement of citizen "tree huggers", the militant Greenpeace, and the beginnings of the EPA's environmental stranglehold.
Pictured below is the original art, before coloring, of the first issue of SWAMP THING (Nov. 1972). Wrightson's mastery of line and ink work is in full view here. While Neal Adams was DC's premier artist at the time, I believe that Bernie Wrightson was superior for his exquisite detail and expressiveness.
BONUS: Bernie Wrightson's original cover art for Pacific Comics' TWISTED TALES #2.