Wright grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and went to film school in New York. In 1986, thanks to the recommendation of his good friend (and fellow aspiring filmmaker) D.G. Chichester, and while "editing two films and attempting four separate screenplays," Wright was hired as a secretary for the Marvel imprint Epic Comics. After working with Epic for six months, Wright was hired as Marvel editor Mark Gruenwald's assistant editor.
Since then, Wright has worked primarily as a freelance writer and colorist. Some of the titles he has written for include Deathlok, Silver Sable and the Wild Pack, and Morbius, the Living Vampire, all of which he also colored. Wright has spent long stints as a colorist on titles like Ghost Rider, Marvel Comics Presents, and Spider-Man for Marvel; and Batman, Nightwing, Star Man, Teen Titans, and The Titans for DC Comics.