Secrets of Haunted House #44 - Bernie Wrightson cover

Bernie Wrightson
Secrets of Haunted House v1 #44, 1982 - A lone man fights his way through a gauntlet of monsters. Bernie Wrightson showcases his precise brushwork within a dynamically tilted layout. Cleverly, the jack-o-lantern's face casts a glow on the ground for an added aesthetic. Note that the artist's signature (below left) dates the illustration ten years prior to the publication date. The interior corresponding story was evidently completed later to match the cover, but suffers greatly by comparison. Although Wrightson's cover was done much earlier, it still outshines the rest of the book. Other artists in this issue include Adrian Gonzales, Dick Ayers, Vic Catan and Fred Carrillo. This is number 2 of 2 Secrets of Haunted House issues with Wrightson art and/or covers. This issue is also included in this Wrightson gallery. Find >this issue or more >Wrightson or >Secrets of Haunted House issues on ebay.
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Wrightson cover pencils and inks = ****

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Mitchell said...

Thanks for this. I am a BIG fan of Berni, but somehow I never saw this piece! Really cool of you to post it.

Ted F said...

Thanks. Ill be posting a Berni Wrightson checklist fairly soon, with links to his work on this blog. Keep an eye out for it.