Richard Howell is an American comic book artist and the co-founder of Claypool Comics. He began his career by self-publishing 'Portia Prinz of the Glamazons' in 1977. He was co-editor and later editorial director with New Media/Irjax, a comics direct market company that formed the basis for the future comics distributor Diamond.
Throughout the 1980s, Howell was pencilling comic books for both Marvel and DC Comics. Among his DC credits are issues of 'All-Star Squadron' (1983-1986), the first 16 'Hawkman' issues (1986-1987) and 'Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe' (1985-1987) and several fill-ins. His Marvel work includes a limited series of 'Vision and the Scarlet Witch' with writer Steve Englehart (1985-1986), fill-ins on 'Power Man and Iron First' and contributions to titles like 'What The...?!' (1988-1992), 'Marvel Comics Presents' (1989-1990) and 'Marvel Fanfare' (1990-1991). He also worked on Eclipse titles like 'The DNAgents' (1984-1985) and 'Merchants of Death' (1988).
He relaunched the 'Vampirella' character with Jesse Reyes at Harris Comics, and founded Claypool Comics with Ed Via in 1993. Howell served as Claypool's editor during the company's existence, and also drew titles like 'Deadbeats', 'Elvia, Mistress of the Dark', 'Phantom of Fear City' and 'Soulsearchers and Company'. 'Deadbeats' was continued as a webcomic after Claypool's demise in 2006.