Wrightson drew the first 10 issues of the series, co-creating Abigail Arcane and much of the Swamp Thing mythology. The news came from his wife via Facebook.
Wrightson was born in Dundalk, Maryland in 1948, and was raised on a steady diet of EC horror comics. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator at the age of 18, and it was in the following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, that he made a decision to create and illustrate his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics.
In 1971, he and writer Len Wein teamed up to create Swamp Thing of DC, which went on to become the subject of filmmaker Wes Craven's 1982 cult horror Swamp Thing. He left DC three years later to start a career in horror art, becoming known for his vivid takes on scenes from tales by H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe. In 1975, he formed The Studio with Barry Windsor-Smith and Michael Kaluta, and Jeff Jones to pursue work outside of comics. Additionally, if you've seen the fantastic 1981 animated film Heavy Metal, then you might remember the "Captain Sternn" segment. He also worked as a conceptual artist on several films, such as the original Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont's Stephen King film The Mist. He released his own interpretations of other famous superheroes, including Spider-Man and Batman.
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In recent years, he worked with horror author Steve Niles on Frankenstein Alive, Alive!
He is survived by his wife, Liz, sons John and Jeffrey, and stepson Thomas.