Los Angeles (August 5, 2010): Hero Initiative, the non-profit
organization that creates a financial safely need for comic creators in need, is
proud to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors:
Howard Chaykin and Walter Simonson. Both will serve as members of Hero's
Disbursement Committee, which allocates funds to in-need comic creators.
Howard Chaykin pioneered the graphic novel form in the United States with
Empire, The Stars My Destination, and Swords Of Heaven, Flowers Of
Hell. He created the award-winning and ridiculously influential American
Flagg! and Time (Squared), and also deconstructed a number of
mainstream characters, most notably The Shadow and Blackhawk. He has served on
staff as a writer/producer on several television series, rising to the level of
Showrunner, as well as freelancing in feature films, pilots, and episodic
television. These days he spends his time writing and drawing comics, living at
the beach, filled with gratitude that he's no longer afflicted with a youthful
"Accepting Hero's offer to serve was an easy decision,
as I believe it's incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to help those who
came before us and laid the groundwork for the comics landscape today," Chaykin
said. "None of us would be able to do what we do in this incredible and vibrant
field without the efforts of comics' elder statesmen, and it's an honor to be
able to do my part and do right by them."
Writer/Artist Walter Simonson got his start in comics working with legendary
editor Joe Orlando on DC Comics' Weird War Tales in 1972. He soon paired with
acclaimed writer Archie Goodwin for a storied run on "Manhunter" in Detective
Comics. Simonson has enjoyed long and well-remembered runs on Thor,
Fantastic Four, X-Factor, and Elric. He is currently writing
and drawing The Judas Coin, the tale of one of the legendary "30 pieces
of silver," for DC Comics. Simonson lives in upstate New York, and since 1980,
has been married to fellow comic writer Louise Simonson.
should come naturally to all of us, and I can think of no better place to do it
than right in our own back yard of comics," Simonson said. "I've long believed
in Hero Initiative's goals, and have done what I can to help them out
informally. I feel privileged to formalize the relationship, and look forward to
doing even more with Hero and its worthy mission."
"Hero Initiative is honored to bring in two creators of the
stature of Chaykin and Simonson to replace the recently departed Dick Giordano,"
said Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin. "I'm sure they'll be a wonderful
reflection of all the support, love and joy Dick brought into so many peoples'