The talented, seasoned and outspoken comic artist/writer Howard Chaykin — famous for creating the very first “Star Wars” comic adaptaption and for valuable contributions to many other titles — discusses his extensive career, offers his uncensored opinions and answers fan questions at his 2018 London Comic Con Q&A panel.
Howard Victor Chaykin (born October 7th, 1950) is an American comic book artist and writer whose influences include his one-time employer and mentor, Gil Kane and the mid-20th century illustrators Robert Fawcett and Al Parker. He started his comics career in the early 70s working as an art assistant for Wally Wood, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams and Gil Kane. His early work consisted of science fiction and fantasy adaptations including “Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser” for DC, as well as several personal creations for the early independent companies including “The Scorpion” for Atlas Comics, and “Cody Starbuck” for Star Reach Graphics. He has since gone on to build a career as one of the preeminent comics creators, and the “go-to-guy” for stories set in the 1930s and 40s. He is outspoken and independent with a professional reputation for delivering what he says, when he says it will be done. Chaykin’s career spans over 40 years of sequential art works and he has contributed countless covers and backup stories to a wide variety of publishers.