The following are excerpts from a Facebook thread which I started about the renowned comics artist, then answered some questions..)
He was a hero since my childhood.
(Throughout his career, his work was loose, loopy & fun, and really brought life to the Harvey comics they were usually starved of.)
I finally met him working for Marvel/Star. It's clear to me that no one will take his place, as an artist or as a friend.
Howard was a kind of old school gentleman who simply doesn't happen in American life anymore. We could talk about art & music (and fishing and women) to a degree that puzzles most cartoonists today who see Bugs Bunny as their goal in life. (He admired the WB cartoons as being the best comedy scripts, and more than once cited Foghorn Leghorn's quote about "keeping my feathers numbered" as a favorite.)
This is one of the films Howard directed. It's very much his sense humor: gentle, whimsical, and even a touch of love.
Not long before the end, Howard expressed a feeling that cartoonists were mostly "cartoon geeks" and "archivists" today, and I miss his style of seeing life in what's left of "the industry".
ANTHRO from the 1960s was his proudest achievement.
He was very into Matisse, Picasso (whose later work he called "old man porn") and Chagall. He admired, and possibly envied, the daily action cartoonists like Alex Raymond. He recommended several books to me which I've bought & haven't read; ANGELA'S ASHES was one.
Music-wise, he was very much into Errol Garner. A song he liked very much: "Little Old Lady" by Hoagy Carmichael.
He saw Ben Franklin as a hero.
(Howard will always be one of mine!-MK)
Here, from Steven Thompson's blog, is a wide gallery of Howard's work, focusing on the rarely seen earlier work from DC and Harvey!