Val Mayerik worked for Marvel Comics for more than twenty years working on Conan the Barbarian, Spiderman and was co-creator of fan-fave Howard the Duck. He also was a contributor to Harvey Pekar's 'American Splendor.' He then moved on to advertising, working as a storyboard and concept artist for many large agencies such as Wieden and Kennedy, Liquid, McCann Ericson to name a few. His clients have included Nike, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Miller Beer, Sony, Southern Comfort, New Zealand Travel, Coor's, Heineken, and Delta airlines. He worked for Modern Curriculum Press doing educational and historical illustration for high school text books. In the past ten years, he has turned his attention to gallery work focusing mostly on the Western Art genre. He is an avid horseman and polo player.