Frankenstein’s Monster lives on—and so does legendary artist Bernie Wrightson’s legacy—in this landmark illustrated edition of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, featuring an introduction by Stephen King.
Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson’s illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel, and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson—created over a period of seven years—that continue to stun the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness.
The 192 page book will be released on August 11, 2020 and can be pre-ordered HERE.
Bernie Wrightson’s original cover illustration for the Marvel Comics version of Frankenstein could set a new auction record at Profiles in History next week. The artwork is entitled “…I shall be with you on your wedding night,” and captures the chilling threat made by the monster to his creator in Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking 1818 horror novel. Wrightson’s illustration is expected to sell for up to $1 million, and has been described as “the finest fantasy ink drawing of the 20th century, if not of all time”. The work is the leading lot in a private collection of comic book art, which hits the block in Los Angeles on December 10 after being hidden away for decades.
Bernie Wrightson (1948 – 2017) was an acclaimed comic book artist renowned for his work on horror and suspense titles for both Marvel and D.C. Comics. Wrightson’s main claim to fame was his co-creation of the iconic D.C character Swamp Thing, but the undoubted masterpiece of his career was his 1983 comic book adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The incredible level of detail in the illustration has led experts to describe it as Wrightson’s own “Sistine Chapel” and the adaptation was a passion project for the artist, who described his work in 2008: “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.” The remarkable level of detail throughout the illustration is a testament to Wrightson’s skills, as he captures the intensity of the scene and the gothic atmosphere of Dr Frankenstein lab in all its glory.
Bernie Wrightson is universally regarded as the finest horror artist of the last 50 years, and Frankenstein was his undisputed opus. IDW Publishing is proud to announce that this masterpiece of illustration will be presented in the Eisner Award-winning Artist’s Edition format for late next year.
As with all Artist’s Editions, each gorgeous plate will be reproduced from scans of the original art and printed at the same size they were drawn, with all the distinctive creative nuances that make original art unique – a perfect representation of the work in its original form.
“I’m incredibly pleased and somewhat stunned – it has been a dream of mine for years to do this book. It’s truly an honor,” says Artist’s Edition Editor Scott Dunbier.
In 1975, Wrightson was a founding member of The Studio, an art collective in Manhattan’s Chelsea District, alongside Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith. It was during his time at The Studio that he began work on Frankenstein, which was eventually published in the early 1980s by Marvel Comics. A sequel entitled Frankenstein Alive, Alive was released by IDW as a comic book series beginning in 2012 and will be collected as a hardcover this October.
Bernie Wrightson (1948-2017) was an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the works of Neil Gaiman. He worked on Spider-Man, Batman, and The Punisher, and provided painted covers for Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Later works include Frankenstein Alive, Alive; Dead She Said; The Ghoul; and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing); all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles.
The famed illustrator Drew Struzan will be in attendance at 2017 MondoCon and he will be offering two very limited edition prints featuring Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein.
MondoCon is a celebration of everything Mondo loves, including movies, art, comics, music, toys and food. It’s a weekend curated with fans in mind, featuring incredible artists and creators from around the world, panels, screenings, food trucks, live score and interactive events.
MondoCon will be from November 4-5 in Austin Texas.
Frankenstein by Drew Struzan Edition of 150 18″x24″ $100
Bride of Frankenstein by Drew Struzan Edition of 150 18″x24″
MONDO will continue this monster-filled month with two awesome new posters: Frankenstein by Jonathan Burton and Mad Monster Party by Mark Chiarello. Please follow them on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, October 15th.
Frankenstein by Jonathan Burton. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 325. $45
Frankenstein (Variant) by Jonathan Burton. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. $65
Mad Monster Party by Mark Chiarello. 15″x30″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 200. $40
A rare poster for the 1931 horror Frankenstein is set to fetch $225,000 at auction.
One of the world’s rarest movie posters for the classic horror Frankenstein has emerged for sale – for a staggering $225,000. The 84-year-old poster for the cult 1931 film, which starred Boris Karlov as Dr Frankenstein’s monster, is the only one of its kind in existence.
It was discovered languishing in an old projection booth in a disused theatre in Long Island, New York during the 1970s before being restored to its former glory. The 6ft 6ins by 3ft 5ins poster, known as a ‘three sheet’ because it is made up of three panels, has been in a private collection ever since.
Frankenstein was one of the first horror films ever made, and the poster is one of only a handful of originals known to have survived. Collectors are expected to pay as much as $225,000 to get their hands on the coveted poster when it goes under the hammer at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. A spokesman for Heritage Auctions said: ‘Only a small handful of one sheets including one teaser, one six sheet, one insert, and a restored half sheet are all that have appeared of the posters, not including lobby cards,’ the spokesman said.
On Wednesday, October 30th, beginning at exactly 9:00 AM PST Dark Hall Mansion will notify the winners of a lottery for right to purchase Tom Whalen’s “Universal Classic Monsters” Folios. You have from now until next Tuesday afternoon at 5 PM PST to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “WHALEN STANDARD” OR “WHALEN VARIANT” in the subject line for a chance to win your right to purchase either one “Universal Classic Monsters” 10-Print Standard Edition Folio or one “Universal Classic Monsters” 10-Print Variant Edition Folio. This is all you need to do to enter the lottery!
DHM will take all of the e-mails that they have received by 5 PM PST Tuesday afternoon, hold a lotto, and at 9 AM PST on October 30th DHM will e-mail the winners of the Standard and Variant Editions with separate e-mails sent for each edition. For those attempting to purchase both editions, and lucky enough to win both lottos, you will receive two separate e-mails confirming that you have won.
Once the e-mails are sent at 9AM PST on October 30th, the winners will have 3 hours in which to pay for their sets via Paypal.
Send payment via Paypal to email@example.com.
Payments not received within that three hour window will result in cancellation of that order, with NO exceptions, so it is vital you make the payment during that time slot.
At 12 PM PST, DHM will stop taking payments from the winners, and between 12 PM and 1 PM PST DHM will determine how many sets were not paid for, and we will then hold a second chance lottery among those who did not win in the first round. Those “Second Chance” winners will be notified and have one hour in which to make their PayPal payment.
If all of the sets were paid for during the initial three hours, then of course, there will be no Second Chance lottery!
Here are the details about the “Universal Classic Monsters” Folios: Each Folio contains ten 18″ x 24″ individually numbered prints (8 individual prints + one very special 2-print diptych), each individually screen printed, with all pieces encased in a Tom Whalen designed box with its respective COA. The Standard Edition Folio contains the multiple color prints while the Variant Edition Folio contains Tom’s striking ‘silver screen’ take on the classic Universal Monsters and will be beautifully printed with select metallic inks.
There will be 230 Folios in the Standard Edition run and 70 Folios in the Variant Edition run. Know that one very special print from each and every Standard and Variant edition Folio will be personally signed by artist Tom Whalen. Specifically of note to collectors: It will be the one print that is Tom Whalen’s homage to one of the earliest and most rare of the original 1931 Frankenstein posters created: The original Advance-style Frankenstein one sheet poster! A poster that long ago led those very first terrified movie patrons into 1931 movie houses everywhere to see the first glimpses of Karloff’s Monster.
Here are details about the Folios shipping: All prices include shipping!
Since there are two different Folio editions, and two different shipping prices, (one for the U.S. and one for outside the U.S.), there are four possible payments that can be made and are as follows:
The Standard Edition Folio shipped within the US: $350 (Priority Mail Insured)
The Variant Edition Folio shipped within the US: $450 (Priority Mail Insured)
The Standard Edition Folio shipped Internationally: $385 (Priority Mail Express International)
The Variant Edition Folio shipped Internationally: $485 (Priority Mail Express International)
Please note that California buyers are required to add 7.5% CA Tax to their above respective totals in accord with DHM’s local CA tax rate. If the tax is not included, the order will be canceled and refunded.
The “Universal Classic Monsters” 10-Print Folios are being offered simultaneously (at the exact same release time) by both Dark Hall Mansion and at eMoviePoster.com on Wednesday, October 30th. The exact same ordering rules apply. Half of the folios will be sold by Dark Hall Mansion and half by eMoviePoster.com. So notified lotto winners will either submit their payments to Dark Hall Mansion or emovieposter.com. You must review your lotto notification carefully as to who to submit your payment to.
MONDO just surprised their fans with a midnight release of a Pretty Things Float poster by JC Richard. The Frankenstein image was first unveiled at MONDO’s Universal Monsters gallery show last October as an original but MONDO decided to turn it into a 8″x24″ screen print.
The poster is hand numbered in an edition of 375 and printed by D&L Screenprinting.
You can order the print HERE for $40. One per person/household/etc. UPDATE: SOLD OUT