Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein

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Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein
Front Cover
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication date1983
No. of issues1
Creative team
Written byMary Shelley, Bernie Wrightson
Artist(s)Bernie Wrightson

Frankenstein was a comics adaptation of the novel of the same name, first published in 1983 by American company Marvel Comics, with script and art by Bernie Wrightson. In 2008 a new edition was released by Dark Horse Comics for the 25th anniversary.

Publication history[edit]

This edition reprints the full novel by Mary Shelley (1831 edition), with illustrations by Wrightson. Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations.[1] The book includes an introduction by Stephen King and from Wrightson himself. The illustrations themselves are not based upon the Boris Karloff or Lee films, but on the actual book's descriptions of characters and objects.[1] Wrightson also used a period style, saying "I wanted the book to look like an antique; to have the feeling of woodcuts or steel engravings, something of that era" and basing the feel on artists like Franklin Booth, J.C. Coll and Edwin Austin Abbey.[2]

Wrightson has said that it was an unpaid project:

I've always had a thing for Frankenstein, and it was a labor of love. It was not an assignment, it was not a job. I would do the drawings in between paying gigs, when I had enough to be caught up with bills and groceries and what-not. I would take three days here, a week there, to work on the Frankenstein volume. It took about seven years.[2]

For the 25th anniversary of the first edition in October 2008, a new edition was prepared and released by Dark Horse Comics in an oversized (9" x 12"), hardcover format[3] scanned from the original artwork, when it could be tracked down.[2]

Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books imprint released a new version in August 2020 in both hardcover and paperback. However, the size is a smaller 6"x9" reducing the detail in Wrightson's work.

Frankenstein Alive, Alive![edit]

In 2012, Wrightson and writer Steve Niles began publishing a comic book series titled Frankenstein Alive, Alive! which is billed as a "sequel to Wrightson's acclaimed 1983 illustrated version" by IDW Publishing.[4] Wrightson won his first National Cartoonists Society's award in the category Comic Books for Frankenstein Alive, Alive! in 2013.[5]


  1. ^ a b Niles, Steve (2012-05-08). "Frankenstein Alive, Alive! A Conversation with Bernie Wrightson". Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  2. ^ a b c Carey, Edward (2008-06-16). "Spotlight on Bernie Wrightson". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  3. ^ Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Hardcover details at Dark Horse
  4. ^ "Byrne, Wrightson Return To IDW With New Series". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
  5. ^ 2013 Reuben Awards Winners Archived 2008-12-18 at the Wayback Machine at, 25.May 2013 Retrieved 14.August 2013

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