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Bernie Wrightson - Frankenstein Illustration Plate Chapter VII (1977)

Artist: Bernie Wrightson (All)

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Title: Bernie Wrightson - Frankenstein Illustration Plate Chapter VII (1977)
Artist: Bernie Wrightson (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Illustration
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 671
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Favorited on CAF: 1
Comments: 44
Added to Site: 12/9/2017
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"...my imagination was busy in scenes of evil and despair."

Occasionally, I will come across a piece of original art that I have no nostalgic connection to that will just completely mesmerize me - Art (with a capital "A") for art's sake - ars gratia artis. This is one of those pieces.

I never thought that I "needed" a Frankenstein plate in my collection, but, this superb, melancholy depiction of Dr. Frankenstein in the rain changed my mind. If I was ever going to acquire a plate from Wrightson's magnum opus, it would have to be one that just blew my mind artistically, one where you could practically feel the blood, sweat, tears and heart that Wrightson painstakingly put into it. To me, that is what these plates are all about - showcasing the very, very pinnacle of Wrightson's artistic powers on a lifelong passion project unconstrained by deadlines, editors or collaborators. Whether these plates are published or not, whether they depict the Monster or not, etc. are all distant secondary and tertiary considerations for me. It's really all about finding an example that makes the heart race and that boggles the mind as you appreciate the staggering talent, skill and passion that went into it.

And so, I am utterly delighted to acquire this one for my collection, Wrightson at the very peak of his ability, drawing an evocative, powerful piece that makes you wonder "how on earth did he do that?" For me, this is one of the very finest illustrations of Wrightson's storied career.

This is one of the 44 plates originally published in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein: A Marvel Illustrated Novel, published by Marvel Comics in 1983. It is plate no. 14 (featured on page 65) from Chapter VII of the book. It was drawn to perfection by Wrightson in 1977.

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Kolin V 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/9/2017

WOW!! The linework on this is unbelievable! Masterful!

Dries Dewulf 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 12/9/2017

Thanks for sharing!

Davide G. 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/9/2017

An awe-inspiring work, Art with a capital "A" as you said. Can't believe the previous owner has let this masterpiece go... But good for you, congrats!

Ron Sonenthal 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 12/9/2017

Beautiful!

frank x townsondecker 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/9/2017

Excellent!!!

Eric Seffinga 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/9/2017

Feel the wet. Very cool.

Michael One Minute Later  
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/9/2017

Gene, this is the kind of work that makes all of us in the hobby take a step back and just drink in the thought and skill that went into creating something so wonderful. A tremendous illustration to be sure.

Mike D 
Member Since 2004
Forum Moderator

Posted on 12/9/2017

Congrats Gene, really nice pick-up. You when I think you're stepping back from the hobby, you take down something like this lol!

Mike D 
Member Since 2004
Forum Moderator

Posted on 12/9/2017

Mike D wrote:

Congrats Gene, really nice pick-up. You when I think you're stepping back from the hobby, you take down something like this lol!

Darn auto-correct....Just when I think you're stepping back from the hobby, you take down something like this lol!

J L 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/9/2017

Magnificent plate for all the reasons you stated Gene. Wrightson at his absolute best!!!! Congrats on this killer example.

Peter P 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/9/2017

Congratulations Gene on an amazing acquisition, looks fantastic in your incredible gallery!

steve  staszower 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/9/2017

A fantastic example from the book. I actually own Wrightson's original composition for this plate (published in The Lost Frankenstein Pages), and it is framed with a print of the plate, in my dining room. As someone who also (finally) just acquired a finished original Frankenstein plate, allow me to offer you my hearty congratulations!!!

Rick W 
Member Since 2017

Posted on 12/9/2017

Transcending piece of art~ Congrats!

Benno Rothschild 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 12/9/2017

I love this drawing -one of my very favorite pieces from the book.

artless artmore 
Member Since 2013

Posted on 12/9/2017

Timeless work of art. Beautiful!

Daryl R 
Member Since 2015

Posted on 12/10/2017

So amazing! One of my very favorites. No words can really do this piece justice. Big congrats!

Mark Levy 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/10/2017

Amazing!

Johnny McCloskey 
Member Since 2014

Posted on 12/10/2017

Gene, I love listening to you guys on Felix's Podcast! I am happy that you were able to get this great piece. It's stunning!!

JOE JUSKO 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/10/2017

A truly superlative addition to your collection. Congratulations!

Dino Mauricio 
Member Since 2009

Posted on 12/10/2017

Truly exceptional, congrats Gene!

John S. 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/10/2017

Hubba Hubba Hubba

Stephen Ferzoco 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/10/2017

Tremendous!

Timothy Finney 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/10/2017

The melancholy he captured on this plate is palpable. This really is art that moves the soul.

Ben Bressel 
Member Since 2003

Posted on 12/10/2017

Awesome congrats

Rob  Pistella 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/10/2017

Gene, a transcendent and effecting work of art. Kudos for picking this up.

G. C. 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/10/2017

Perfect exemple of Wrightson art. Congrats !!

Felix  Lu 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/10/2017

My dad is an art connoisseur. While he doesn't "get" comic art, he watches the YouTube show-and-tell videos to hear what collectors have to say, even if the art doesn't do much for him. The one exception: The Wrightson Frankenstein plate in John Butler's video. That got his attention. He was extremely complimentary about it. I'm sure he wouldn't be the only non-OA civilian who would be impressed by Wrightson at the height of his powers. Congrats!!

Alex Johnson 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/10/2017

Lovely and moody. Congratulations!

Jeff Singh 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/10/2017

Something truly special happened on these plates. Wrightson's art channeled Booth and classic engravers works to create a defining high point in comic/illustration art. No one will ever top what Wrightson did on this labor of love.

I D  
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/11/2017

Epic

Junkdrawer .com 
Member Since 2013

Posted on 12/11/2017

Dilly Dilly

Daren Domina 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 12/12/2017

Just ridiculous the amount of detail. Great comic art? Nope. Feels more like just great art. Congratulations again Gene!

Steve Gumm 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/12/2017

Talk about a piece you can get lost in! You have outdone yourself again, what a wonderful addition to your collection, congrats Gene.

John Butler 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/12/2017

Great piece!

Eric DLS 
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/12/2017

Sorry for having to steal your line, but I just can't think of any better way to put it. So I'll just echo your final statement. Drawn to perfection indeed. Congratulations!

Sam 06 
Member Since 2011

Posted on 12/12/2017

Une œuvre d'art magnifique! Bravo!

Tony K 
Member Since 2012

Posted on 12/12/2017

Stunning piece...congrats!

James  Cawley 
Member Since 2015

Posted on 12/13/2017

wonderful description to match an extraordinary piece. enjoy for many years to come.

Marc Pecorella 
Member Since 2007

Posted on 12/14/2017

I understand why you wanted this!!!! Congrats!

Rune Rasmussen 
Member Since 2014

Posted on 12/15/2017

Breathtakingly beautiful, even my wife was impressed by this piece – and that really says a lot ;-)

Scott Williams 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/20/2017

Cool! Did not realize you'd bought this when we were discussing the different merits of Franky plates on the CGC message board. I'd say this fits your criteria in what you wanted in a plate. Welcome to the club!

Chris Puckelwartz 
Member Since 2006

Posted on 1/28/2018

One of the Masters of the pen at the height of his powers. Congrats!!

colin  L 
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/15/2018

The rain drops hitting the water are mesmerising. Crongrats on owning this masterpiece

Terry Doyle 
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/29/2018

One of the very best examples from an incredible body of work, wow!

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