Born: 1950 March 29 in Youngstown, Ohio, United States

Biography: Val Mayerik co-created Howard the Duck.

Additional biography found in:
David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview (Fictioneer Books, Ltd., 1983 Series) #15 (September 1984);
Magic L'Adunanza [Fantasy Magazine Magic] (Play Press, 1996 series) v1 (settembre 1996); (

Mayerik was an assistant to Dan Adkins in 1972.

Mayerik shared a studio with Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin, and Walter Simonson which became Upstart Studios.

Val Mayerik's comic strip syndication work:
Howard the Duck daily pencil and ink (Register And Tribune Syndicate) 1977-10-10 - 1978-02-25 and
Howard the Duck Sunday pencil and ink (Register And Tribune Syndicate) 1977-11-13 - 1978-03-26

Notes: Mayerik is pronounced MAY-or-ick.

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  1. Youngstown State 1968 to 1972

    Notes: Majored in art and philosophy.


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  1. 2013: Inkpot Award - [no name]

Awards for Issues:

  1. 1992: Compuserve Comics and Animation Forum Awards - Best Anthology
    Miracleman: The Apocrypha (1992 series)

Art Influences:

Val Mayerik (b. 1950) stated influences by:
  1. Frank Frazetta (b. 1928)
  2. Jeff Jones (b. 1944)
  3. Barry Windsor-Smith (b. 1949)

Non Comics Works:

  1. Publication Title: The Demon Lover (movie) - Role: actor - Year: 1976
    Employer Name : Wolf Lore Cinema; 21st Century Film Corporation
    Notes: Acted in the movie released October 1977 as Damian Kaluta.

  2. Publication Title: The Quantum Terror (movie) - Role: actor - Year: 2018
    Employer Name : Mesmer Films; Christopher Moonlight Productions
    Notes: Mayerik played Detective Ritchie in the independent film.


  1. Spouse - Polly Law
    Notes: Former spouses.
  2. Owner - Upstart Associates (b. 1978)
    Notes: Pencil and ink work from Fall 1978 to circa 1980.