In a statement on his on Facebook in a written statement, artist Bernie Wrightson announced his retirement:
Dear Fans and Friends,
I apologize for our silence for the past few months. Last November Bernie began falling again, and having obvious problems with perception. He had to undergo yet another brain surgery to relieve bleeding, and then spend several weeks undergoing in-patient rehabilitation. Unfortunately, it appears that he has lasting damage: he has extremely limited function on his left side, and is unable to walk or reliably use his left hand, among other limitations.
We have had to come to the sad conclusion that he is now effectively retired: he will produce no new art, and he is unable to attend conventions. Should this situation change I will happily announce it here.
He can still sign his name (in fact he was signing Kickstarter prints in the hospital!), and is otherwise pretty healthy and has good cognition. We expect to continue releasing signed prints, and offering occasional pieces of art for sale from the collection that remains. We both thank all of you for your continuing support and good wishes!
All our best,
Liz and Bernie Wrightson
Wrightson’s 45 year career started with his first comic appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. In 1971 he co-created Swamp Thing for DC with writer Len Wein. He credits include work on Batman, Spider-Man, and The Punisher as well as several titles with IDW Publishing. Wrightson worked as a conceptual artist on films such as Ghostbusters, Galaxy Quest, Spider-Man and Stephen King’s The Mist. We all wish him well.