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Heads Up: FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE! by Niles and Wrightson

Coming soon from IDW:

I’ll update this post when more details are released.

UPDATE (06 March 2012):

Here’s the latest information, from IDW’s publishing solicitations for May 2012:

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.

Nearly 30 years later, Wrightson returns to his passion project with a comic series that picks up at the end of the classic novel, hailed as one of the greatest horror stories of all time. Frequent Wrightson collaborator Steve Niles provides the script for this epic, decades in the making.

While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art, showing off the exquisitely detailed brush work of one of the greatest living artists in comics today.

Each issue will also include supplemental materials, including interviews, essays and a serialization of the original prose story by Shelley.

B&W • 32 pages • $3.99

With very few exceptions, I simply don’t buy comics any more; however, I have a suspicion that this series will eventually be published as a hardcover companion to the Dark Horse edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, when it’s done. But if not, I guess I’ll just have to do without it.

2 thoughts on “Heads Up: FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE! by Niles and Wrightson

  1. The four-issue series came out very sporadically, due to Wrightson’s declining health (he died of brain cancer in March 2017). Wrightson did all of the first 3 issues. The 4th he did layouts and pencils, and the issue was completed by Wrightson’s own choice, Kelley Jones. A collected hardcover came out in December 2018, in a 9″ X 12″ oversize format, and for the 4th issue, in addition to the story, it has 20 pages of Wrightson pencils in the end section after the story, so you can see very clearly where Wrightson ends and Kelley Jones begins.

    It’s a nice complementary volume to the CREEPY PRESENTS BERNIE WRIGHTSON hardcover (especially compared to “The Muck Monster”), Wrightson’s illustrated version of Shelley’s original FRANKENSTEIN novel, and his work in BERNI WRIGHTSON: A LOOK BACK, and THE STUDIO books.

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  2. Amazing to receive an informative comment on a post from eight years ago! I did notice the publication of the collected Niles/Wrightson/Jones series, but couldn’t be bothered to mark the occasion with an update or new post here at RCN. Apologies to everyone who follows this site for my relative silence, but a long time ago, a certain relentlessly irritating comics “professional” sucked all the fun out of blogging for me. Also, back in 2017, I injured my arm through overuse and have had drastically to reduce the amount of typing that I do. Anyway, I’m pleased that my prediction finally came to pass and that Wrightson’s final Frankenstein-related project has been given a lavish presentation worthy of the man.


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