Friday, August 17, 2018

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: The Weird Humor of Wayne Howard's Midnight Tales

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! The incredibly talented student of Wally Wood, Wayne Howard had a knack for drawing "weird humor" in the PLOP!-ish vein. He never contributed to that DC title, but at Charlton he used that side of his talent on covers for his own wonderful Midnight Tales comic. Here are some of Ol' Groove's favorite funny--and "punny"--covers from that fun series...


  1. Wayne Howard, the Wally Wood of Charlton contributed considerably to their line during this period. The funny covers of Midnight Tales, which had nothing to do with the interiors, always added a uniqueness to this series. This mag and E-Man were my 2 favorite Charlton titles. If I remember correctly each mag had a Howard wrap around story featuring The Midnight Philosopher and Arachne that segued into three stories illustrated by Howard, Staton and Sutton. After the demise of Charlton, Howard basically disappeared and I had read that he didn't like to talk about his comic book work. A shame really as he would have been a real asset to the rapidly growing Marvel Universe. He inked Gil Kane in Marvel Team-Up # 14. The combination was great and it would have been nice to have seen him as a finisher for other talents there (the Buscema brothers, Ross Andru).

  2. We still have (4 of those pictured)... really enjoyed him and his niece...

  3. I don't have any of these comics but they look like a lot of fun. Great covers! Thanks, Groove.




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