Published on March 16th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
Annual Illustrator Dies
Responsible for many a formative years experience vivid images of Doctor Who in print, World Distributors annual illustrator (and publican) Walter Howarth has died, at the age of 80.
The artist delighted youngsters by interpreting some of the most famous fictional characters as line drawings such as The Lone Ranger, Dempsey and Makepeace and Bonanza, as well as Doctor Who annuals and even illustrated Bolton Wanderers match day programmes.
Walter Howarth began work as an illustrator after leaving school aged just 16 and having attended Bolton Art College.
He began working freelance over 45 years ago after some time working for publishing house, and created stunning illustrations until his eyesight began to fail two years ago.
Mrs Howarth said: “He had a wonderful life and loved his job. He became down when he could no longer draw. Through his drawings his memory will live on.”
The work of Mr Howarth is still in high demand and special edition packs of Doctor Who cards feature his signed illustrations.
Grandson Michael, aged 27, said: “I was so proud that my granddad did what he loved for a living and worked for himself.
“You couldn’t teach the gift he had.”
You can find examples of Mr Howarth’s Doctor Who artwork in the 1960s annuals here.