Howard Bender is a freelance comics artist and illustrator, as well as a letterer and colorist. He studied at the Art Students League, Artist Guild and the Ivy School of Professional Art. He was co-founder of the Pittsburgh Comics Club in 1972. After contributions to fanzines and lettering jobs at Marvel in the 1970s, he went to work for the big companies in the 1980s, starting with 'Ritchie Rich' at Harvey. He has contributed to DC's ghost and superhero titles and on some smaller titles for Marvel. He was additionally present at First Publishing with 'Ghostbusters' and 'Munden's Bar' and at Gladstone with 'Dread of Night' and 'Maggots'. In the early 1990s, he worked with the 'Archie' characters for Archie Comics. Bender has also done the daily strips 'Mr. Fixitt', 'Billy & Pop!' and 'Sherlock Holmes Minute Mysteries'.