“Cycle of the Werewolf” Illustrator Wrightson Hospitalized

As reported by Bleeding Cool, legendary comic artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson was hospitalized today after suffering “a series of small strokes”. According to his wife, his cognition and his spirits are good, although he’ll likely remain in the hospital for tests and possible surgery.

Most of Wrightson’s fans probably know his work from Swamp Thing or Heavy Metal, but my introduction to his atmospheric “in the moment” style came when I first checked out a ragged library copy of Stephen King’s Cycle of the Werewolf. Wrightson’s twelve illustrations of the lives and (gory) deaths of the people of Tarker’s Mills left an indelible mark on me as a young werewolf fan. He’s a legend and I wish him a full and speedy recovery.