RIP Bernie Wrightson

The famed artist has passed away, leaving behind some fantastic artwork.

While he’s rightly famous for his comic work and the adaptation of Frankenstein, I think my earliest introduction to his art was in the pages of the expanded version of Stephen King’s The Stand in the early to mid-80s. I was a big fan of King at that point and The Stand was, and still is, my favourite of his books (though it’s probably a tie with The Dark Tower series.) Wrightson contributed half a dozen or so black and white illustrations for the then-newly released version where, among other characters and scenes, he produced the following picture of the re-emerging Randall Flagg in the till-then unseen epilogue to the book:

RIP Bernie Wrightson.