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Howard Victor Chaykin (born 1950 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American comic book writer and artist famous for his innovative storytelling and sometimes controversial material. Chaykin's main influences are the mid-20th century book illustrators Robert Fawcett, Al Parker, and others, along with a love for jazz which is often reflected in his work. Nickname: Map of Newark in Essex County County Essex Founded/Incorporated 1666/1836 Government  - Mayor Cory Booker, term of office 2006–2010 Area [1]  - City 67. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

Chaykin at Dragon Con 2005.
Chaykin at Dragon Con 2005.

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Biography

1970s

Star Wars art by Chaykin.

Howard Chaykin began his career in comics as an assistant to such artists as Gil Kane and Neal Adams before going solo. His first major work was for DC Comics drawing a comics adaptation of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser in Sword Of Sorcery. Although the title was well received, it lasted only five issues before cancellation. Chaykin also drew the character Ironwolf in the science fiction anthology title Weird Worlds for DC. Moving to Marvel Comics, he began work as co-artist with Neal Adams on the first Killraven story, seen in Amazing Adventures #18 in 1973. Image File history File links Starwarschaykin. ... Image File history File links Starwarschaykin. ... Showcase #22 (Oct. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are two seminal sword-and-sorcery heroes created by Fritz Leiber (1910–1992). ... Sword Of Sorcery was a sword-and-sorcery comicbook featuring Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, heroes and rogues created by Fritz Leiber. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Weird Worlds was a short-lived science fiction anthology title from DC Comics that was published between 1972 and 1974. ... Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... Jonathan Raven, better known as Killraven, the Warrior of the Worlds, is a freedom fighter in a post-apocalyptic alternate future (Earth-691) of the fictional Marvel Universe. ... Amazing Adventures is the name of several anthology-format comic book series, all but one published by Marvel Comics. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ...


After this, Chaykin was given various adventure strips to draw for Marvel, including his own creation, Dominic Fortune, (inspired by his Scorpion character, originally drawn for Atlas Comics,) now in the pages of Marvel Premiere. He also wrote and drew his Cody Starbuck creation for the anthology title Star Reach, one of the first independent titles of the 1970s. These strips saw him explore more adult themes as best he could within the restrictions often imposed on him by editors and the Comics Code Authority. Cover to Marvel Premiere #56 Art by Howard Chaykin and Terry Austin Dominic Fortune is a fictional comic book character, owned by Marvel Comics. ... Cover to The Scorpion #1 Art by Howard Chaykin The Scorpion is a comic book series published by the 1970s version of Atlas Comics that only lasted three issues. ... Atlas/Seaboard is the term that comic book historians and collectors use to refer to the short-lived line of comics published as Atlas Comics by Seaboard Periodicals, to differentiate it from Atlas Comics, the former name of Marvel Comics. ... Marvel Premiere is a comic book anthology series published by Marvel Comics. ... Star Reach (also spelled Star*Reach) was a science fiction and fantasy comics anthology published by Mike Friedrich between 1978-1980. ... The seal of the Comics Code Authority, which appears on the covers of approved comic books. ...


In 1976, Chaykin landed the job of drawing the Marvel Comics adaptation of Star Wars, written by Roy Thomas. This proved to be a massive success for Marvel, but Chaykin left after ten issues to work in more adult and experimental comics, as well the more lucrative field of paperback book covers. The next few years saw him produce material for Heavy Metal, as well as drawing graphic novel adaptations of Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination and Samuel R. Delany's Empire, as well as illustrations for works by Roger Zelazny. Chaykin also created an original graphic novel called Swords of Heaven, Flowers of Hell with writer Michael Moorcock, and found time to move into film design with work on the movie version of Heavy Metal . 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... Jean-Michel Nicollets cover for the first issue. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Alfred Bester Alfred Bester (born December 18, 1913 in New York City, died September 30, 1987) was a science fiction author and the winner of the first Hugo Award in 1953 for his novel The Demolished Man. ... Galaxy magazine cover from October 1956 The Stars My Destination (also called Tiger! Tiger!) is a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester, first published in Galaxy magazine in October 1956. ... Samuel Ray Delany, Jr. ... Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ... Michael John Moorcock (born December 18, 1939, in London, England) is a prolific English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. ... Heavy Metal is a Canadian animated film released in 1981 and produced by Ivan Reitman with the cooperation of various international animation studios. ...


1980s

American Flagg #2.
American Flagg #2.

In 1983, Chaykin launched American Flagg! for First Comics. With Chaykin as both writer and artist, American Flagg! was a massive success and proved highly influential thanks to Chaykin's innovative storytelling and an exploration of more mature subjects still alien to mainstream comics of the time. Chaykin mixed all his previous ideas and interests — jazz, pulp adventure, science fiction and sex — into American Flagg!, but after the first twelve issues, Chaykin began to lose interest in the title and started work on new projects. Image File history File linksMetadata American_flagg2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata American_flagg2. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... American Flagg! is a comic book written by Howard Chaykin and published by First Comics in the 1980s. ... First Comics was an American publisher of comic books. ...


The first was a controversial revamp of The Shadow in a four-issue mini-series for DC Comics in 1985. Rather than setting the series in its traditional 1930s milieu, Chaykin updated it to a contemporary (1980s) setting and included his own style of extreme violence. Controversy of the violence aside, the title was a huge success and firmly established Chaykin as one of the major creators in comics. The Shadow is a fictional character created by Walter B. Gibson. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He returned to full art and writing duties in the American Flagg! Special one-shot issue designed to introduce his next major work, a graphic novel series called Time2. The work — combining semi-autobiographical elements with a heavy dose of jazz, film noir and a fantasy version of New York City — resulted in two graphic novels (Time2: The Epiphany (ISBN 0-915419-07-6) and Time2: The Satisfaction of Black Mariah (ISBN 0-915419-23-8)). At one point, Chaykin told The Amazing Heroes Preview Special of plans for a third graphic novel, but it was never released. Chaykin himself has described Time2 as one of his favorites among his own output.


By 1986, Chaykin was no longer involved with American Flagg! stories, although he continued to draw covers. Sales of that title dropped drastically as his replacements were not well-received, nor did they grasp the tone which Chaykin had set. However, before Chaykin could return to the book, he revamped another DC Comics character: Blackhawk was a three-issue mini-series that gave Chaykin another chance to indulge in the 1930s milieu he loved so much, proving itself another successful revamping of a defunct DC character. Chaykin returned to American Flagg! for a final four-issue run before the title was cancelled and relaunched as Howard Chaykin's American Flagg!, but this rendition failed to recapture the glory days of the title's early years and only lasted twelve issues before cancellation. Chaykin also protested DC's proposed system of labeling comics for violent or sexual content; seeing this as censorship, Chaykin (with Marv Wolfman, Alan Moore, and Frank Miller) boycotted DC and refused to work for the company. In Chaykin's case, the boycott would only last until the early 1990s. Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, which was written by Wolfman. ... Alan Moore (born November 18, 1953, in Northampton) is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...

Black Kiss#7, art by Chaykin.

In 1988, Chaykin created perhaps his most controversial title: Black Kiss, a twelve-issue series published by Vortex Comics which contained his most explicit depictions of sex and violence yet. Telling the story of sex-obsessed vampires in Hollywood, Black Kiss pushed the boundaries of what could be shown in mainstream comics. Even though Black Kiss shipped sealed in an "adults only" poly-bag, its content drew much criticism. This did not stop it from selling well, however, and it became one of the most successful independent comics of the time. Image File history File links Blackkiss7. ... Image File history File links Blackkiss7. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Black Kiss was an award winning hardboiled crime comic by Howard Chaykin, notable for its pornographic sequences. ... Further reading Christopher Frayling - Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula 1992. ... ...


1990s

Chaykin returned to DC to write a three-issue prestige format mini-series called Twilight. This was another radical revamp of DC characters — this time, DC's science fiction heroes from the 1950s and 1960s, such as Tommy Tomorrow and Space Cabby. This was followed by the 4-issue mini-series Power and Glory in 1994, a superhero-themed PR satire for Malibu Comics' creator-owned Bravura imprint, which was optioned for film production, though never made into a movie. Supergirl, see Twilight (comics). ... Tommy Tomorrow was a long-running science fiction hero published by DC Comics in several of their titles from 1947 to 1963. ... Space Cabbie—sometimes Space Cabby—is a science fiction comic book character and series created by Otto Binder and Howard Sherman that was mainly published in the 1950s. ... Public relations (PR): Building sustainable relations with all publics in order to create a postive brand image. ... Malibu Comics was a comic book publisher in the late 1980s and early 1990s, best known for its Ultraverse line of superhero titles. ...


In 1996, DC's Helix imprint published Cyberella, a cyberpunk dystopia written by Chaykin and drawn by Don Cameron. Although it was not intended as a limited series, Helix decided to end the relatively poor-selling title at 12 issues.


Chaykin began to drift out of the world of comics by the mid-1990s. With the exception of several Elseworlds stories for DC Comics, his comic output became minimal — this due to Chaykin becoming more involved in film and television work. He was Executive Script Consultant for The Flash television series on CBS, and later worked on the action-adventure series Viper. Elseworlds logo. ... The Flash was a live action CBS television series from 1990-1991 that starred John Wesley Shipp as the superhero, The Flash, and co-starred Amanda Pays. ... Viper was an action-adventure TV series about a special task force set up by the federal government to fight crime in fictional Metro City, California. ...


Near the end of the decade, Chaykin started to drift back into comics and co-wrote the three-issue mini-series Pulp Fantastic with David Tischman for the Vertigo imprint of DC. Pulp Fantastic was part of Vertigo's celebrations for the new Millennium, and although it never sold well, it would see the start of Chaykin becoming more involved with comics over the next few years. Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... A millennium (pl. ...


2000s

Chaykin began co-writing American Century with David Tischmann for Vertigo. This story, set in post-war America, would be a pulp-adventure strip inspired by the likes of Terry and the Pirates as well as the EC Comics war stories created by Harvey Kurtzman. 2001 also saw Chaykin become part of the creative team on Mutant X, a television series inspired by the Marvel Comics series of mutant titles. Terry and the Pirates is the title of: a comic strip created by Milton Caniff; see: Terry and the Pirates (comic strip) a radio serial, based on the comic strip; see: Terry and the Pirates (radio serial) a television series, also based on the comic strip; see: Terry and the... Entertaining Comics was headed by William Gaines but is better known by its publishing name of EC Comics. ... Harvey Kurtzman (October 3, 1924 - February 21, 1993) was a U.S. cartoonist and magazine editor. ... Image From Mutant Xs Official Website : Season 3 Cast Mutant X (created by Marvel Studios, a division of Marvel comics) is a television series that first aired October 6, 2001. ... Marvel Comics (Stan Lee is behind many of the superheros) is an American comic book line published by Marvel Publishing, Inc. ...


American Century was a critical hit but sold poorly and was canceled after 27 issues. This was only the start of an intense period of work for Chaykin at DC Comics. He also quit his television and film work during the run on American Century.


His next work was Mighty Love, a 96-page original graphic novel published in 2004 and described as "You've Got Mail with super-powers"[1]. This was acclaimed as a return to the type of work he did on American Flagg! and contained his first art in a title since the early 1990s. Youve Got Mail is an American romantic comedy released in 1998 by Warner Brothers. ...


2004 also saw Chaykin and Tischmann revamp Challengers of the Unknown in a six-issue mini-series for DC, as well as writing a mini-series about gangster vampires called Bite Club for Vertigo. The pair also wrote Barnum!: In Secret Service to the USA, a graphic novel in which real-life showman P.T. Barnum fictitiously comes to the aid of the U.S. government. Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Phineas Taylor Barnum (July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891), American showman who is best remembered for his entertaining hoaxes and for founding the circus that eventually became Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. ...


In 2005, Chaykin produced the six-part City of Tomorrow, a DC/Wildstorm production involving a futuristic city populated by gangster robots. Chaykin described the mini-series as "'The Untouchables' meets 'West World' at Epcot." The Untouchables is the name of a television series that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the American Broadcasting Company. ... Westworld was a 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. ... Epcot is the second theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ...


He also illustrated 24 College Ave, a story serialized online in 54 chapters for ESPN.com's Page 2 section. ESPN.com columnist Jim Caple wrote the text, each episode of which was accompanied by a single-panel Chaykin drawing.


In 2006, he began working on his first superhero title for DC Comics, pencilling Hawkgirl, with Walter Simonson writing, starting with issue 50.[2]. With issue 56, he stopped drawing the series, mainly to get time to work on Marvel's Blade with Marc Guggenheim, although he still draws Hawkgirl covers. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... First and foremost, the term hawkgirl orignates from her being part Hawk, part Girl, and full idiot. ... Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson is a comic book writer and artist. ...


Recently Chaykin drew a two-page Black Canary origin story for DC Comics '52'. In comic book terminology, the phrase origin story refers to a story or backstory revealing how a male character went through a sex change, or the circumstances under which they became superheroes or supervillains. ... 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ...


DC in late 2006 released Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage. The 2-issue series, written and drawn by Chaykin, revolves around the Green Lantern Corps' role in an interstellar war. The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ...


External links

  • sequart.com entry on Howard Chaykin
  • Howard Chaykin at the Internet Movie Database
  • Howard Chaykin interview
  • Escapist entry from Dark Horse.
  • Black Kiss review
  • Jim Lee interview with Chaykin
  • 2004 interview with Comic Book Galaxy
  • Comic Book Bin's March 13, 2006 article on Howard Chaykin
  • ESPN.com archive of "24 College Ave."
  • Review of Chaykin and Mignola's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser adaptation at The Daily Cross Hatch, from May 17, 2007

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