Mediascene 16 (November/December 1975)
Last week I shared Historia de los Comics 33 (1982) which featured an excerpt from an interview with Berni Wrightson in 1975. I looked back into my archive of Swamp Thing related articles and pulled Mediascene 16, the publication that originally featured the interview. I snapped a number pictures from the excellent interview by Don McGregor. I think you’ll love reading Bernie’s answers as much as I did. It’s terribly unfortunate that Bernie passed on last year but reading these interviews is a nice reminder of how special he was, and all that he left us.
The second section of the newspaper format magazine/fanzine features a large b/w Wrightson illustration, below.
The article is amazing and was touching to revisit. It features a few Swamp Thing mentions and Bernie talks about his feelings toward the character.
He is looking quite dapper and dramatic in the interview spread.
I love that Bernie’s name is spelled without the “e” in the title but the interview kicks off with “Bernie”. Below are a number of my favorite, as well as insightful portions from the interview. Enjoy!
Starting in comics:
“I have to blame it on the E.C. Comics.”
“What is this fascination you have for bunny rabbits?”
Materials and techniques Bernie utilizes:
Below is the segment of the interview that was translated and reprinted in Historia de los Comics 33.
More Swamp Thing mentions:
One of my favorite parts of the article is Bernie’s reaction to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. “I don’t think I ever want to see it again.”