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Val Mayerik’s birthday

Val Mayerik’s birthday

Val Mayerik’s birthday

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Val Mayerik (born 29 March 1950, USA) is an artist who began his career in 1972, joining P. Craig Russell as an assistant to Dan Adkins.

His earliest published works were that year at Marvel — a short adaptation of a John Jakes story in “Chamber of Chills” and a “Conan the Barbarian” story that he and Russell penciled over layouts by Barry Windsor-Smith.

He became the artist on ‘Man-Thing’ in “Fear” in 1973. At the end of that year, he and writer Steve Gerber created ‘Howard the Duck’ as a supporting character.

Mayerik drew ‘Thongor’ in “Creatures on the Loose” and collaborated again with Gerber on ‘The Living Mummy’ in “Supernatural Thrillers”.

Living in New York City in the late 1970s, he shared studio space with Howard Chaykin, Walt Simonson, and Jim Starlin. He returned to ‘Howard the Duck’, in the ongoing comic series and in a newspaper strip.

Since the mid-1990s, Mayerik has worked primarily as an illustrator in the games industry (‘Magic: the Gathering’, ‘Dune: Chronicles of the Imperium’) and in commercial art.

He has also been an actor, appearing in a 1977 horror film and working off-off-Broadway while he was in New York City.

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In the GCD —

(Mayerik painted the cover art on “Graphic Novel” #10 – Void Indigo, the 1988 Brazilian Portuguese translation of “Marvel Graphic Novel” #11 – Void Indigo, 1984)

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