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Premiere BD de Bernie Wrightson

Comic Strip
1968
Ink
45 x 35 cm (17,72 x 13,78 in.)
Fanzine "Graphic Showcase" #2  (1969)
Badtime stories (1972)
Wrightson (1977) - FRANCE
Back for more (1978)
L' Echo des Savanes Special USA n°17 (1980) - FRANCE
Master of the macabre #5 (1984)
The reaper of love & other stories (1988)

Description

Uncle Bill's Barrel, page 2
Publié dans le fanzine "Graphic Showcase" #2 (été 1969)

Il s'agit de la toute première histoire dessinée par Bernie Wrightson.
Il n'avait précédemment réalisé que quelques illustrations en 1967 et 1968 pour des fanzines.
Réalisée en 1968, et publiée à l'été 1969, 'Uncle Bill's Barrel" est d'une qualité incroyable pour un jeune dessinateur de 20 ans. Tant sa composition que son travail d'encrage, particulièrement dans les cases 2, 3 et 4, témoignent d'une maturité peu commune et d'une direction artistique assumée et maîtrisée. On ressent bien évidemment toute l'admiration que le jeune artiste porte à Frazetta.

Ses planches sous le bras, Wrightson se rendit en 1968 à un festival de comics à New York. Il montra son travail au formidable Al Williamson, qui appela Dick Giordano (dessinateur et éditeur chez DC), qui lui-même les montra ensuite à Carmine Infantino (créateur de Barry Allen et éditeur chez DC). C'est ce récit, même pas encore publié à l'époque, qui permit à Wrightson de décrocher son premier job chez DC Comics. Sa première publication chez l'éditeur fut "The man who murdered himself », publiée dans « House of Mystery » #179 (Mars-avril 1969), soit trois mois avant la publication de "Uncle Bill's Barrel' dans le fanzine "Graphic Showcase" #2, qui avait pris du retard.

Ce récit fut republié à 6 reprises, en France et aux Etats-Unis.
• Badtime Stories (1972, Graphic Masters Publishers)
• Wrightson (1977, Futuropolis) FRANCE
• Back for more (1978, Archival press)
• L’Echo des Savanes Special USA #17 (1980, Editions du Fromage) FRANCE
• Berni Wrightson, Master of the Macabre #5 (1984, Eclipse)
• The reaper of love and other stories (1988)

Comment

When I saw this page for the first time, I fell in love instantly. I knew it was Wrightson but I didn't recalled the story. It seemed young, but everything was already there, from the line work to the composition.

In fact, « Uncle Bill's Barrel » is the first comic book work ever produced by Bernie Wrightson. Previously he had only drew a handful of illustrations for some fanzines. He was 20 years old when he wrote and pencilled this 8-page comic book story.

In July 1968 Bernie went to New York to attend the first Phil Seuling Comic Art Convention at the Statler Hilton hotel. And he brought the original art of this story with him. Here is his recollection, as published in « Comic book artist » # 5 (Two Morrows

« Al Williamson saw it and he thought that it was good enough to get Dick Giordano to come over and look at it. Dick thought it was good enough to show Carmine. Carmine took one look at it and says, "This kid is good. We oughta give him work."

I didn't take any of this very seriously, so I went back to my newspaper job at the Baltimore Sun. A couple of weeks go by, Kaluta calls and he says, "Al Williamson is looking for you because Dick Giordano is looking for you because Carmine Infantino is looking for you! They want to give you a sword-&-sorcery comic book!" So I called Carmine and he said that they had this book called "Nightmaster" and they wanted me to draw it. As I recall, I left the newspaper later that same week, packed u

This story was reprinted 5 times (USA, France). See additional images.
• Badtime Stories (1972, Graphic Masters Publishers)
• Wrightson (1977, Futuropolis) FRANCE
• Back for more (1978, Archival press)
• L’Echo des Savanes Special USA #17 (1980, Editions du Fromage) FRANCE
• Berni Wrightson, Master of the Macabre #5 (1984, Eclipse)
• The reaper of love and other stories (1988)

Publications

  • Wrightson
  • Futuropolis
  • 07/1977
  • Interior page
  • Badtime Stories
  • Graphic Masters Publishers
  • 01/1972
  • Interior page
  • Berni Wrightson Master of the Macabre #5
  • Eclipse Comics
  • 11/1984
  • Interior page

About Bernie Wrightson

Bernie Wrightson was one of the best artists of horror comics, with a career spanning from the mid 1960s through the mid 2010s. Nicknamed the "Master of the Macabre", he was at his best when drawing grotesque monsters, vampires, werewolves, cyclopses, mummy's and other eerie creatures. He is praised for his visual storytelling, absurd humor and for his complex and detailed drawing technique, which makes use of a lot of shadow work and shading. Where his artwork is clearly inspired by other horror staples like Frank Frazetta and Graham Ingels, his moody pages also breathe the atmosphere of writers like Charles Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe. He has worked extensively for the horror and mystery titles of DC Comics, for which he created 'The Swamp Thing' with writer Len Wein. He is also known for his comic adaptations of classic horror stories and his collaborations with Stephen King. Later in his career, he has done design work for the movie industry. Text (c) Lambiek

Thematics

  • #moon
  • #mountain
  • #woods
  • #diving
  • #barrels

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renardeau Re-Waow!...dès le début il tenait quasiment son style, je dirais...bravo et merci!...et que c'est chouette du Wrightson...
Jun 20, 2019 8:36 PM
michael07 Excellent!!
Jun 20, 2019 6:02 PM
fazo Wow une pièce historique ! belle pioche !
Jun 20, 2019 2:34 PM
becoolman Waow ! Thanks for sharing !
Jun 20, 2019 11:08 AM
Trystan l'encrage est superbe pour une première bd !
Jun 20, 2019 10:53 AM
Xupak Une Belle Page un Peu Maladroite du Grand Berni The Master of the Macabre !! , que de Souvenirs avec Le Futuro 30X40 et Le Splendide Album de Badtime Storie , Une Page Historique par L'un des Touts Grands Maîtres de L'Horreur et de L'Épouvante !!!!!!!!! , Bravo.
Jun 20, 2019 9:09 AM