Born March 29, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, Wayne Howard became known for his time with Charlton Comics as an artist. He holds the distinction of being the first creator to be credited on the cover of a comic book.
He graduated from Middletown, Connecticut’s Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts. During the 1960s, he was heavily involved in the comic book fanzines of the time before getting the opportunity to work as an art assistant to legends Wally Wood and Will Eisner.
Charlton Comics Career
Wayne Howard’s first credited work in comics was in penciling and inking a story in DC Comics’ anthology magazine House of Mystery #182. The story was written by Marv Wolfman during the fall of 1969. He would work on the artwork for Major Publications’ Web of Horror.
His work in horror and mystery comics resulted in work with Charlton Comics. Wayne Howard‘s art can be seen in several anthology series such as Ghost Manor, Ghostly Haunts, and Ghostly Tales among others. He remained with the imprint throughout the 1970s and did in the area of 200 titles—covers, penciling, and inking.
The title that gained him the most recognition with Charlton was Midnight Tales, it was on the cover that he was given total creative control. He did the artwork for each issue of the horror anthology and wrote the stories in a few issues.
At some points during the 1970s, Wayne Howard would do on and off work with other publishers but was mainly a Charlton man most of his career and mostly did mystery and horror. He did ink a few titles for the big two publishers DC Comics and Marvel Comics in the early 1970s. His only penciling job was Weird Mystery Tales #4 for DC Comics in February 1973.
Wayne Howard’s career ended in 1983 when he left the industry. He would pass December 9, 2007, at age 58.