|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.
Early life and career
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
Through the following decades, Trapani racked up credits for Gilmor, Charlton, Dell, Gold Key, ACG and others.
Later life and career
Trapani was a prolific inker for Marvel Comics in the 1970s.
Involvement in Old Time Radio Fandom
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.
- 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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