Howard Mackie

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Howard Mackuie started his career in comics in 1984 as an assistant editor for Mark Gruenwald. Early in his career, a running gag in Gruenwald's columns was that he was a mysterious figure whose face no one at Marvel had ever seen. Promoted in early 1987 to Managing Editor of Special Projects, he then oversaw Marvel's "New Universe" line.

Howard first gained attention as a writer in 1990, when he and artist Javier Saltares launched a new Ghost Rider series for Marvel, revamping the character and introducing a new host, Danny Ketch. He wrote Ghost Rider until issue #69 (Jan. 1996). He authored two Ghost Rider/Wolverine/Punisher team-up one-shots, Hearts of Darkness (1991) and its sequel The Dark Design (1994).

In 1992, he became the regular writer of Web of Spider-Man with #85. He would remain on various Spider-Man titles through the Clone Saga. In January 1999, he became the writer of both The Amazing Spider-Man and the Peter Parker: Spider-Man series when those two titles were relaunched with new first issues. He left the Spider-Man franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 2, #29 (May 2001).

His work on the X-Men line included writing the spin-off title X-Factor from #115–149 (1995–1998) as well as its successor title Mutant X (1998–2001). He wrote several mini-series featuring Gambit, Wolverine, and Rogue.

In late 2009, he teamed up with Tom DeFalco to write the six-issue miniseries Spider-Man: Clone Saga, whose story was based on his original notes for the 1990s crossover. It was later collected in the trade paperback Spider-Man: The Real Clone Saga.

Howard also wrote The Ravagers series for DC Comics in 2012 as part of the "Second Wave" of The New 52.

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