Value of Original Bernie Wrightson Art

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Facts About Original Bernie Wrightson Comic Art

Record Sale for Artwork:
$1,200,000 Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Wraparound Cover Art 
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Key Comic Book Issues (click to view current market values):

  • House of Secrets #92
  • Swamp Thing #1
  • Batman #320
  • Werewolf by Night #35
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How Much is Bernie Wrightson Artwork Worth?

While the outstanding record sale of $1.2m is eye-catching, Wrightson's more accessible pieces still fetch tens of thousands of dollars.

The cover of Swamp Thing #1 sold for nearly $200,000.

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Value of Original Bernie Wrightson Art

Examples of his best-selling pieces are below. We also selected some of the less expensive sales to provide a range of prices for this article.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Wraparound Cover Art sold for $1,200,000
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Apparitions 'Free Fall' Painting sold for $28,680
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Apparitions 'Night's End' Painting sold for $26,290
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Batman #320 Cover Art sold for $60,000
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Batman Illustration sold for $17,400
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Frankenstein Illustration sold for $240,000
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Frankenstein Page 154 Illustration sold for $95,600
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Frankenstein Signed Illustration sold for $168,000
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Frankenstein Unused Illustration sold for $72,000
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Gargoyle #1 Painting sold for $26,400
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Green Lantern #84 Page 6 sold for $31,070
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House of Mystery #214 Cover Art sold for $33,000
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House of Mystery #231 Cover Art sold for $43,200
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Marvel Graphic Novel #25 The Big Change Cover Art sold for $22,800
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Old Witch Illustration sold for $28,800
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Roots of the Swamp Thing #1 Cover Art sold for $28,800
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Superman Illustration sold for $14,400
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Swamp Thing #1 Cover Art sold for $191,200
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Swamp Thing #4 Cover Art sold for $66,000
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Swamp Thing #4 Page 4 sold for $25,100
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Swamp Thing #4 Page 18 sold for $72,000
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Swamp Thing Illustration sold for $28,680
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The House of Secrets #100 Cover Art sold for $84,000
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Twisted Tales #2 Cover Art sold for $35,850
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Werewolf By Night #35 Cover Art sold for $21,000
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History of Bernie Wrightson in Comic Book Art

Bernie Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator in 1966. A year later Wrightson travelled to New York City to attend a comic book convention where he met one of his artistic inspirations, Frank Frazetta. Frazetta encouraged Wrightson to begin making his own comics.

In 1968, Wrightson submitted some of his sequential artwork to DC Comics editor, Dick Giordano, who liked his style and gave him his first assignment as a freelancer. Later that same year Wrightson published his first comic book story which appeared in House of Mystery #179, entitled "The Man Who Murdered Himself."

Wrightson worked on a number of different mystery and horror titles for DC over the next several years before moving over to Marvel Comics in the 1970s.

It was there that Wrightson broke though as an artist and became known for his unique brush style and simplistic ink work, on series like Chamber of Darkness and Tower of Shadows. In 1971, Wrightson co-created the character, The Swamp Thing, along with writer Len Wien; Swamp Thing first appeared in House of Secrets #92.

Wrightson went to go work for Warren Publishing in 1974 to illustrate for their line of black and white horror magazines. During this period, Wrightson also spent seven years working on fifty different illustrations to accompany Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein.

He has won many awards over his career, including a Shazam Award for Best Penciller in both 1972 and 1973 for Swamp Thing.

He also won a Comic Art Fan Award the following year for Best Pro Artist as well as an Inkwell Award in 2012. 


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