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Vic Carrabotta – RIP

Comic book artist Vic Carrabotta has passed away.

   
Victor Salvatore (Vic) Carrabotta
June 24, 1929 – November 22, 2022

 

Vic’s family and friends are sharing the news of his death on Facebook and Twitter.

From the CBR obituary:

Victor “Vic” Carrabotta, one of the last surviving comic book artists to have worked for Marvel in the 1950s, including a story in the very first issue of Journey Into Mystery, has passed away at the age of 93.

Carrabotta became a regular presence at Marvel [doing] science fiction, horror, fantasy, westerns and war comics.

Vic’s comic book career ran from 1952 to 1958, mostly with Marvel comics of that era.

In the late 1950s, though, the comic book industry suffered a major downturn, with Marvel practically eliminating its freelancers entirely, and like many other comic book artists, Carrabotta had to move into another industry. And also like many comic book artists, he found work in advertising.

Carrabotta would have a very successful advertising career over the next thirty/forty years, including serving as an art director for some major advertising companies.

 

Daniel Best interviewed Vic in 2009 and his advertising days came up.

From there I got out of comics altogether. I was living in the South and travelled to Atlanta and got a job in a printing house called Stein Printing Company. There were using me as an illustrator doing little booklets and I really learned the printing industry in those days … Then I went to New York and I went from doing my own advertising stuff to doing storyboards and became the senior Art Director with Alden Advertising Agency in New York … one of the years I was out of work I was offered a job with Mother Earth News Magazine, the owner of that was John Shuttleworth and it was located in Henderson, North Carolina. I worked there, but that didn’t last too long, so I moved back to New York and worked for Reader’s Digest as an art director.

Fine Art America has a selection of Vic’s comic and non-comic illustrations.

Victor “Quick Vic” Carrabotta, now semi-retired, is a living icon of the Golden Age of American comics, mainstay of graphic design and storyboarding from New York to Los Angeles, and accomplished artist and artistic director. After graduating from what would become the School of Visual Arts in New York, Victor went on to serve his country with the Marines. From there, he began a long and illustrious career in the creative arts spanning eight decades. Some highlights include his original design concepts and storyboarding for such Disney projects as 101 Dalmatians and Pirates of the Carribean, development and direction of marketing campaigns for such diverse customers as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, AT&T, Reader’s Digest, and even the Mother Earth News.

Atlas Tales has an index of Vic’s 1950s Marvel work
with some splash pages that can be supersized.

More about Vic at his own website.

Vic has been on The Daily Cartoonist’s Senior Strippers list for the past four years, 
sadly we will miss him on the next roll call.

 

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#1 jerred metz
November/26/2022
@ 3:28 pm

Vic Carrabotta’s greatest work was just published this fall. It is the graphic novel “The Last Eleven Days of Earl Durand” based on my book by the same name. Vic did more than 200 pictures in several styles. They are not comic book cartoons, but more in the style of magazine illustrations from the 1940’s and 50’s. Vic viewed the book as his masterpiece. Who am I to contradict him? He knew best. He loved the story and the character of Earl Durand. The book is all true, but it reads like something that could not have possibly happened.

The book is well worth having. Available from the publisher, Singing Bone Press, or Amazon.

Vic and I worked on this book from January 2020 until January 2022. The book was published in May of that year. I know that folks who know about his early work would be interested in learning about what he considered his most important work of his career. I attach a press release about the book and the invitation to the talk the two of us did for the Rare Books and Special Collections Department at the University of South Carolina Library. The Library has a substantial collection of his work, is buying the sketches from the book. The finished inked drawings will soon go on sale. I am available for more information and interview. We were just getting ready to do a publicity blitz for the book when he died. I was with him the last two days of his life, along with his daughter and granddaughter Feel welcome to contact me.

I would love to hear from Carrabotta fans. Jerred Metz

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