|Born||April 30, 1927|
Brooklyn, New York
Salvatore A. "Sal" Trapani (born April 30, 1927, died 1999) was an American comic-book artist active from the 1940s Golden Age of comics through the 1960s Silver Age and into the 1980s. He is best known as a journeyman inker for a variety of comics publishers as well as a prolific penciller for Dell, Gold Key, Charlton, and ACG.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life and career[edit | edit source]
Sal Trapani was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927. He attended the School of Visual Arts and counted school co-founder Burne Hogarth among his early influences. His earliest recorded comic-book credits include short filler pieces in Airboy Comics in 1949.
1950s to 1960s[edit | edit source]
Through the following decades, Trapani racked up credits for Gilmor, Charlton, Dell, Gold Key, ACG and others.
Later life and career[edit | edit source]
Trapani was a prolific inker for Marvel Comics in the 1970s.
Involvement in Old Time Radio Fandom[edit | edit source]
Trapani was a life-long enthusiast of the Golden Age of Radio and as a fan and collector of radio dramas he was instrumental in kickstarting the organized fandom for so-called Old Time Radio. He helped to organize one of the first OTR conventions and gifting 100 radio shows to convention organizer Jay Hickerson: "In 1970, at one of the parties, a guest told me of a friend, Sal Trapani, who had recordings of those radio shows, which intrigued me. I contacted Sal, and we subsequently met. After that initial meeting, Sal gave me 100 shows on 4-1/4 track reels. Thus, my collection of old-time radio shows began." According to brother-in-law Dick Giordano, Trapani also created a radio studio in his garage and produced programs with friends.
References[edit | edit source]
- Sal at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.
-  at the Grand Comics Database.
- "The Formation of a Bootleg Radio Fan Culture - Antenna". blog.commarts.wisc.edu.
- Grams, Martin (21 October 2011). "Martin Grams: Friends of Old Time Radio: The Early Years". martingrams.blogspot.com.
- The Thunder Agents Companion, Jon B. Cooke, TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005, pgs. 99-100.
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