Artist, Man-Thing, Howard the Duck
Val Mayerik was born in Youngstown, Ohio in the 1950s. As a young adult he worked in steel mills to pay his way through college. Under the auspices of Dan Adkins, Val got his first assignment for Marvel Comics, a short story featuring the barbarian character Thongor. From there he went on to illustrate the classic monster series The Frankenstein Monster, and he was the artist on Steve Gerber’s Man-Thing, which introduced the character of Howard the Duck. Since then he has worked for almost every major comic book publisher. Over the past decade he has done a lot of storyboard work and is currently working on an online comic, Blue Cat, for Aces Weekly and Angel Punk, to be seen in Dark Horse Presents. Val also paints western art.