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BornApril 30, 1927
Brooklyn, New York
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Notable works

Salvatore A. "Sal" Trapani (born April 30, 1927, died 1999)[1] 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.


Early life and career[edit]

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.[2]

1950s to 1960s[edit]

Through the following decades, Trapani racked up credits for Gilmor, Charlton, Dell, Gold Key, ACG and others.

Later life and career[edit]

Trapani was a prolific inker for Marvel Comics in the 1970s.

Involvement in Old Time Radio Fandom[edit]

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[3] 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."[4] According to brother-in-law Dick Giordano, Trapani also created a radio studio in his garage and produced programs with friends.[5]


  1. Sal at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.
  2. [1] at the Grand Comics Database.
  3. "The Formation of a Bootleg Radio Fan Culture - Antenna". blog.commarts.wisc.edu.
  4. Grams, Martin (21 October 2011). "Martin Grams: Friends of Old Time Radio: The Early Years". martingrams.blogspot.com.
  5. The Thunder Agents Companion, Jon B. Cooke, TwoMorrows Publishing, 2005, pgs. 99-100.

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