Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Wrightson Stuff

The late 60s and early 70s were really a golden age of material for the comics, having, among others, Neal Adams, Jeffrey Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, Mike Kaluta, and this guy—Bernie Wrightson. Their art and story-telling, at that time especially, were fresh and exciting—something comic readers had seen before maybe only in the EC days. 

The above drawing of Uncle Creepy was of course from the Warren mags. But Wrightson did some stories for DC that were mesmerizing for the times. I think the coloring of the stories was sort of revolutionary as well, odd colors, green skin coloring, without being the Hulk. DC was in an era they could be proud of, with the young turks starting to crowd in.

I had this horrible habit of cutting up my comics. I would buy 2 or 3 copies of certain issues, and then cut them out to paste into quality binder pages, so that they could be free of ridiculous ads. Little knowing that archives and trade books would someday collect all this stuff. How was I to know?

So, I don't know what comic title or dates or whatever a lot of these stories are from. But I didn't buy them to resell as collector's items, I bought them because I loved em, even if I had a funny way of showing it.

I'll be posting more of this kind of stuff down the line.

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