1950s Marvel comics artist Vic Carrabotta dies

1950s Marvel comics artist Vic Carrabotta dies
1950s Marvel comics artist Vic Carrabotta dies

Victor “Vic” Carrabotta, one of the last comic book artists to work for Marvel in the 1950s, including a story in the very first issue of Journey into mysterydied at the age of 93.

Carrabotta was born in New York and attended the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan, then the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (now called the School of Visual Arts). After a stint in the Marines, Carrabotta tried to break into comics in 1951. One of the first places he went to try to find work was the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Simon and Kirby produced comics for a few different companies at the time. Carrabotta would later recall how Kirby gave him his big break, “Jack was very nice. I was just a kid then, only 21 years old. As he walked me back, I said, ‘By the way, this is my wife, Connie. ‘ Connie stands up and Jack does a double take up and down because she’s pregnant… He said, ‘Sit here a minute, I need to get back to my desk. He writes a note and seals it, and tells me to go back to Stan with the note. … [Upon doing so,] Stan said, ‘Jack says you’re a good artist.’ I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know. Do you want to see my samples?’ He says, ‘No, it’s fine. Jack says you are a good artist. I’ll tell you what,” and he throws that script on the desk. He says, ‘I want it back in a week.’”

Carrabotta’s first assignment for Marvel (Until the 1960s, the company we now know as Marvel didn’t really have a fixed name, as its owner, Martin Goodman, liked to use multiple names for his companies. The name most often associated with the 1950s, however, is Atlas. For ease of reference, we’ll just say Marvel) was a short horror story, “The House on the Hill,” in Amazing #13 in early 1952.

The following month, a Carrabotta story, “Haunted!”, appeared in the first issue of a new anthology titled Journey into mystery (82 issues later, the series would introduce Thor)…

Carrabotta became a regular presence at Marvel, though he also worked for Fiction House and Lev Gleason, among other comic companies. Like his contemporaries at Marvel at the time, like Bill Everett and Joe Maneely, Carrabotta was adept at switching between genres depending on what was hot at the time. He has done science fiction, horror, fantasy, westerns and war comics.

By the late 1950s, however, the comic book industry suffered a major downturn, with Marvel virtually eliminating its freelancers entirely, and like many other comic book artists, Carrabotta had to turn to another industry. And also like many cartoonists, he found work in advertising.

Carrabotta would have a very successful advertising career over the next thirty/forty years, including as an art director for some major advertising companies. Carrabotta had moved to South Carolina in the 1950s, and although he returned to the Northeast at some point in his advertising career, he returned to South Carolina in the early 2000s. He had been a a regular at comic book conventions in the South for the past two decades.

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