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Richard Howell (born November 16,[1] 1955[2]) is an American comics artist best known as the co-founder and editor of Claypool Comics.

Richard Howell
Born (1955-11-16) November 16, 1955 (age 63)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Editor, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Claypool Comics
The Vision and the Scarlet Witch
Spouse(s)Carol Kalish



Richard Howell entered the comics industry in 1977 with his self-published series Portia Prinz of the Glamazons.[3] He and his partner Carol Kalish co-edited the New Media/Irjax line of magazines.[4] Howell replaced Peter B. Gillis as editorial director of New Media/Irjax in June 1981.[5] Howell began working for Marvel Comics in 1981 and DC Comics in 1983.[6] Writer Tony Isabella and Howell produced The Shadow War of Hawkman limited series in 1985[7] and an ongoing Hawkman series the following year.[8] Howell and writer Steve Englehart crafted a twelve-issue The Vision and the Scarlet Witch limited series in 1985-1986 wherein the Scarlet Witch became pregnant.[9] With co-editor Jesse Reyes, he relaunched the Vampirella character at Harris Comics and co-founded Claypool Comics with Ed Via in 1993. Howell served as editor of Claypool's line throughout its existence.[4] Claypool announced in July 2006 that the print end of its published line would cease, as Diamond Comic Distributors, the industry's major distribution arm, would no longer carry it. "Deadbeats" continues as a webcomic at the Claypool Comics website.[10]


Claypool ComicsEdit

  • Deadbeats #1–82 (1993–2007)
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark #1–166 (1993–2007)
  • Phantom of Fear City #1–12 (1993–1995)
  • Soulsearchers and Company #1–82 (1993–2007)


DC ComicsEdit

Desperado-Eastern PressEdit

  • Portia Prinz of the Glamazons #1–5 (1977–1978)

Dynamite EntertainmentEdit

Eclipse ComicsEdit

  • Alien Encounters #7 (1986)
  • The DNAgents #15, 17–19, 22 (1984–1985)
  • The Liberty Project #6 (1987)
  • Merchants of Death #3–4 (1988)
  • New DNAgents #11 (1986)
  • Portia Prinz of the Glamazons #1–6 (1986–1987)
  • Surge #2 (1984)
  • Three Dimensional DNAgents #1 (1986)

Harris ComicsEdit

  • Creepy 1993 Fearbook (1993)
  • Vampirella's Summer Nights (1992)
  • Vampirella: Morning in America #3 (1991)

Marvel ComicsEdit

Welsh PublishingEdit

  • The Adventures of Jell-O Man and Wobbly #1 (1991)


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Bails, Jerry (2006). "Howell, Richard". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved July 19, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Portia Prinz of the Glamazons". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on September 12, 2016. When Portia first came out (1977), she was distributed privately. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Our Talented Creators". Claypool Comics. n.d. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "NMP Editorial Shake-Up". Comics Feature. New Media Publishing (12/13): 18. September–October 1981.
  6. ^ Richard Howell at the Grand Comics Database
  7. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. May [1985] saw the return of the Winged Wonder in a four-issue miniseries entitled The Shadow War of Hawkman by writer Tony Isabella and penciller Richard Howell.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Zawisza, Doug (July 2017). "Hawkman in the Bronze Age". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (97): 15–20.
  9. ^ Englehart, Steve (n.d.). "The Vision and the Scarlet Witch". Archived from the original on May 31, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2013. Once Wanda gets pregnant in issue 3, the following nine issues take place in real time - the first time that had ever been done. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ David, Peter (July 31, 2006). "Searching No More". Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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