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.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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