Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein Trading Cards #31–45 (1993)

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards

Here is the final batch of Trading Cards featuring Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein illustrations.

Published by FPG Cards in 1993 this collection of 45 cards was a subset to the Bernie Wrightson Master of the Macabre Trading Cards set. The main collection featured 90 colour illustrations by comic book artist Wrightson, who in the 1970s had made a name for himself penciling stories for Warren Publishing (Creepy and Eerie) and DC Comics (Swamp Thing and House of Mystery). Each pack contained ten 3.5 x 2.5 glossary trading cards featuring a drawing by Wrightson on one side and a short caption on the other.

In the mid-Seventies Wrightson began a project to illustrate Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly’s gothic chiller Frankenstein. The task was undertaken without commission and over the next six years he illustrated 50 scenes from the story – a real labour of love.

Nearly all of his pen and ink drawings saw print in a special edition of the story published by Marvel Comics in 1983, while many of the prints were also released in portfolio collections and limited edition prints. Wrightson’s illustrations, deliberately reminiscent of Victorian etchings, struck a cord with fans who seemingly couldn’t get enough of his interpretation of the character. (Wrighton’s Frankenstein is so popular that he returned to the character after a break of nearly 30 years, pairing with writer Steve Niles on the comic book Frankenstein, Alive Alive!).

The illustrations in this last batch feature some of the most distinctive and memorable of the entire collection. Card #F-31 (The Laboratory) is a wonderfully detailed piece that was used as a wrap around cover to the Marvel Comics edition, while cards #F-42 (The Departure) and #F-43 (Where can I find rest but in death) feature, for my money, the definitive interpretation of the monster.

So here are cards #F-31–45, both front and back. Click on each image for a larger version. Click here for cards #1–15 and here for cards #16–30.

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-31, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-31, back

Trading card #F-31

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-32, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-32, back

Trading card #F-32

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-33, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-33, back

Trading card #F-33

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-34, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-34, back

Trading card #F-34

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-35, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-35, back

Trading card #F-35

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-36, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-36, back

Trading card #F-36

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-37, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-37, back

Trading card #F-37

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-38, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-38, back

Trading card #F-38

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-39, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-39, back

Trading card #F-39

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-40, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-40, back

Trading card #F-40

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-41, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-41, back

Trading card #F-41

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-42, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-42, back

Trading card #F-42

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-43, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-43, back

Trading card #F-43

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-44, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-44, back

Trading card #F-44

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-45, front

Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Trading Cards #F-45, back

Trading card #F-45

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