Howard (or as we like to call him, Howard) Chaykin is one of comicdom’s inveterate veterans. Born October 7, 1950, Howard was controversial since his childhood. Whether attending Communist Youth rallies or burning down Keuffel and Esser’s slide rule factory in Hoboken to make way for the hand-held electronic calculator (a decision he deeply regrets given the proliferation of free calculators with various branded logos on them), or snatching pantyhose off neighbor’s clotheslines, Howard has always achieved a “tsk-tsk” reaction from most of the Establishment. Hitting his stride in the 1980′s and picking up steam throughout the last two decades, Howard’s cutting edge story-telling, whether by illustration or written word, is a veritable kick in the kiwis. Our favorite Howard is the one that turns older, staid characters on their heads. Frank Miller did it in a doom-and-gloom manner. Howard does it with tongue planted firmly in a pulp fiction cheek. Howard is also a consultant to the fully-fashioned hosiery industry (thus his penchant for steeling air-drying apparel for his “research (air quotes applied)). We are glad to see that Howard is still a pillar of the industry and look forward to his characters’ continued exploits.
By the way, much of the presented fact in the previous paragraph is questionable. But since it’s on the Internet (i.e., in this blog … thereby establishing a circular reality), it must be true.
For the novice, we have compiled a diverse grab bag of duplicates from our collection of Howard Chaykin‘s comics. This is a good primer if you are looking to experiment affordably with the Chaykin Experience. See the bottom linked page.