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December 10, 2007

Wayne Howard, 1949-2007


Wayne Wright Howard, an artist best known to comics fan for a prolific run at Charlton Comics from the 1970s through the middle 1980s, has passed away. His wikipedia entry says the cause of death was a heart attack, and gives the date of his passing as December 9. As of 2001, the artist apparently lived in Connecticut.

Howard studied at Wesleyan University and came out of the fertile fan comics scene of the 1960s, joining Wally Wood's studio in 1969, where he began his comics work. A friendship and professional relationship with the writer Nic Cuti led to his long relationship at Charlton, where Cuti served as managing editor. Howard developed the horror anthology Midnight Tales for the publisher, and in return his name was prominently featured on the cover, a distinction common now and thought to be unprecedented at the time.

Other Howard clients, although their cumulative project number paled in comparison to the Charlton workload, included Major Magazines, Warren, Gold Key, DC and Marvel.

Howard is survived by his wife.
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