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Henry Scarpelli, 1930/31-2010
posted April 6, 2010


Various media outlets have picked up on a press released from Archie announcing the passing of Henry Scarpelli on Sunday, April 4. The Staten Island-based cartoonist had been ill for some time. He was 79 years old.

Scarpelli received much of his art training at New York's School Of Visual Arts, although it's unclear from the press release exactly when this was. By the late 1940s and SVA's establishment, Scarpelli was already working in various places around comics, such as DC Comics. He became an assistant on a feature called Little Sport and afterwards launched one of his own, the TV Tee Hees panel that ran from 1956 to 1975.

Concurrently with the panel gig, Scarpelli began a long run on the Dell TV adaptations, working on comics based on several shows, including Hogan's Heroes and Bewitched. He worked outwards from there, picking up assignments and just about every publisher still in existence: Archie, Charlton, DC and Marvel. His work appeared in some of that period's DC humor titles, such as Angel and the Ape. He would later pick up a Shazam award for his work on such titles. Scarpelli would work on Millie the Model for Marvel and the magnificent Sinistro, Boy Fiend feature in Charlton Premiere.

Scarpelli's work on the Archie comic book became a long-running late-career assignment on the Archie dailies and Sundays, a gig he maintained for over 16 years, making him the dominant Archie artist for many readers of this current generation. He also contributed to Nickelodeon's comics efforts.

He is survived by a wife, a son and several siblings.