H J Ward
- Category : 1909-births
- Type : ME
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (56)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Rulership 1
American illustrator known for his cover art for pulp magazines, and noted especially for his paintings for Spicy Mystery, Spicy Detective, and other titles in the weird menace genre published by Harry Donenfeld. He also painted definitive images of popular radio characters the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet.
In August 1934, Ward married Viola Conley, who became his model for all the women in his pulp magazine covers. Eschewing the use of photographs, he painted her directly from life. He became noted for his depictions of women reacting in horror to various lurid threats.
Ward was inducted into the US Army on 13 April 1944. In September of that year, a debilitating pain in his right shoulder was diagnosed as advanced lung cancer. He died at the age of 35 on 7 February 1945.