Panel Borders: The art of Howard Chaykin

Panel Borders: The art of Howard Chaykin
Originally broadcast 14/01/10 as an episode of Strip! on Resonance 104.4 FM

Continuing our month looking at depictions of masculinity in American comics, Alex Fitch talks to veteran artist Howard Chaykin about his career from collaborating with masters of Science Fiction literature in the 1970s – such as Michael Moorcock and Fritz Leiber – to producing creator owned titles in the 80s and 90s such as American Flagg! and American Century and his most recent work drawing iconic Marvel characters such as Wolverine and Blade plus writing the origin of John McClane in Die Hard Year One.

Panel from American Flagg! by Howard Chaykin

Panel from American Flagg! by Howard Chaykin

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Interview with Howard Chaykin in The Independent about American Flagg!
Pages on Howard at Wikipedia and
Online gallery of Howard’s work at
Read the first ten pages of Die Hard Year One at

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Comixmas exhibition

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January 16th, 2010, The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

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