Howard Porter graduated from Paier College of Art in Connecticut where he majored in illustration. One of his teachers there was Frank McLaughlin. McLaughlin also worked as a comic book inker and he began to give Porter work assisting him in his inking jobs which led Porter to assist other inkers and eventually find work for himself in the industry.
Porter eventually became a penciller, and his first major run on a title came with DC Comics' The Ray (vol. 2) (1994–1995), where he worked with writer Christopher Priest. Shortly afterward, Porter worked on DC's summer 1995 crossover event Underworld Unleashed, with writer Mark Waid, followed by the Justice League of America relaunch, JLA (1997–2000), with writer Grant Morrison and inker John Dell.
Porter temporarily left comics to work in banking, doing graphic design work for Credit Suisse First Boston. He left that job in 2003 to open an artists' studio with comics artist Ron Garney. Porter returned to comics that year with a six-issue run of Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, reuniting with writer Waid.
In 2006, DC announced Porter would pencil the limited series The Trials of Shazam!, collaborating with writer Judd Winick. Unfortunately he was unable to finish the series because he severely injured his hand (severed a nerve and almost the entire tendon in his thumb) and had to take time out from comics for recovery. Unable to draw, he worked as a school bus driver until his return in late 2008, when he drew DC Universe: Decisions #2. He became the regular penciller on Titans and then was the first artist for the Doc Savage series. He also drew an issue of The Brave and the Bold featuring a team-up between Static and Black Lightning. He then became the regular penciler on DC Comics' Magog for the series' first ten issues, before being replaced by Scott Kolins.
As of 2016, Howard Porter is still drawing for DC Comics, with recent works including Superman Beyond', "Justice League 3000", "Superman" and "Scooby-Doo."
In September 2014, Porter was the artist put forward by DC to create the poster and key art for the UFC 181 MMA fight event. Porter - a huge fan of the UFC - created art featuring the main four fighters on the UFC 181 card as super-heroes.
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- The Ray #0–11, 13, 14 (with Christopher Priest, DC Comics, 1994–1995)
- Underworld Unleashed #1–3 (with Mark Waid, DC Comics, 1995)
- Extreme Justice #7, 9 (1995)
- JLA #1–7, 10–16, 18, 19, 22–25, 28–31, 34, 36–41, 43–45 (with Grant Morrison and Mark Waid, DC Comics, 1996–2000)
- DC Secret Files – JLA: Secret Files & Origins #1 (cover, pencils), DC Comics, August 1997
- Fantastic Four #503–508 (with Mark Waid, Marvel Comics, 2003–2004)
- Aquaman #12, 14 (DC Comics, 2004)
- The Flash #207–211, 213–217, 220–225 (with Geoff Johns, DC Comics, December 2003 – August 2005)
- Trials of Shazam #1–9 (with Judd Winick, 12-issue limited series, DC Comics, 2006–2007)
- JLA Classified #37, 39 (DC Comics, 2007)
- Countdown to Final Crisis #32(20) #34(18) (DC Comics, 2007)
- DC Universe: Decisions #2, 4 (with Judd Winick and Bill Willingham, DC Comics, 2008)
- Titans #7–11 (pencils, with Judd Winick, DC Comics, January–May 2009)
- Magog #1–7 (pencils, with Keith Giffen, DC Comics, September 2009 – March 2010)
- Doc Savage #1– (with Paul Malmont, ongoing series, DC Comics, April 2010, forthcoming)
- Green Arrow #6–10 (cover only), ongoing series, DC Comics, 2011–
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #2(of 6) (pencils, with Philip Tan, DC Comics, September 2012)
- Superman Beyond #1–8 (pencils), DC Comics, 2012
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 278. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
JLA #1 hit the stands, enthralling readers with its compelling, fast-paced story by writer Grant Morrison, and showcasing the art of talented relative newcomer Howard Porter.
- Off the DL: The Return of Howard Porter, Newsarama, October 1, 2008
- Segura, Alex (January 19, 2010). "The FIRST WAVE expands in April". The Source. DC Comics.com. Retrieved January 19, 2010.