Bernie Wrightson is a name I am personally very familiar with, as his cover art for some of the most classic Silver and Bronze Age horror comics of all time decorates the majority of my geeky comic book cave.
His dynamic, evocative drawings of zombies, ghouls, monsters and madmen are instantly recognizable to any fan or collector of iconic titles like DC's House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Weird Mystery Tales, The Unexpected, The Witching Hour, Marvel's Werewolf By Night and hundreds of beautiful pen-and-ink pages for various Warren Magazines.
Wrightson's storied career has also included providing the striking illustrations for Stephen King's Cycle of the Werewolf and co-creating the famous muck monster Swamp Thing with writer/editor Len Wein. His Hollywood work featured concepts for Spider-Man, Land of the Dead, The Mist and Galaxy Quest. As part of his Kickstarter promotion for a deluxe new calendar collection of his Cycle of the Werewolf art, the prolific Wrightson has just shared some intriguing concept art he created for Ivan Reitman's original Ghostbusters, showcasing drawings for the library ghost, terror dogs and unused material depicting the Road to Hell and the Gates of Hell.
Check out Wrightson's Cycle of the Werewolf portfolio promo and the rare 1983 Ghostbusters preproduction sketches in the videos below and tell us if you believe his contributions added to the eventual universal appeal of the beloved supernatural flick.