Prior to his association with Disney, Van Horn drew and wrote a black and white comic book called Nervous Rex for Blackthorne Publishing. Focusing on the misadventures of a small, non-violent tyrannosaurus, the series ran for ten issues, from 1985 to 1987. Afterward, also for Blackthorne, he drew and wrote a short-lived superhero parody comic called "Possibleman", which ran for two issues.
In the first years of his career as a Disney Comics artist William often worked with John Lustig on the stories. In 1994, he did the art for Carl Barks' final script, Horsing around with History which was released in Uncle Scrooge Adventures #33.
In 2017, at the age of 78, he drew his last Disney comic.
William Van Horn created the following characters for the Duck universe:
- Baron Itzy Bitzy - Scrooge's whistling pet flea.
- Rumpus McFowl - a lazy tramp who turns out to be Scrooge's half-brother.
- Woimly Filcher - an enemy of Donald Duck and his nephews.
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