Frank Chiaramonte

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Frank Chiaramonte
Frank Chiaramonte
Born Francisco Chiaramonte
June 5, 1942[1]
Died January 1983 (aged 40)
Area(s) Inker, penciller
Pseudonym(s) Frank Monte
Notable works
Superman, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night

Francisco "Frank" Chiaramonte (June 5, 1942 – January 1983)[2] was a Cuban-American comic book artist best known as an inker for DC Comics and Marvel Comics from 1972 to 1982.


Born in Cuba, Frank Chiaramonte emigrated to the United States in 1967.[3] Some of his earliest comics-related work in the U.S. was as an inker under artist-packager Will Eisner and penciler Mike Ploog on the military instructional publication PS, The Preventive Maintenance Monthly.[4] As fellow PS artist Murphy Anderson recalled, "Frank had come to work for Will about the same time I did, maybe a month or two later, and was just fresh from Cuba. ... [H]is father was Sicilian, but his mother was Spanish, or Cuban. Frank considered himself as Italian as he did Cuban. ... Frank worked with me and did most of the tech art."[5]

When Ploog moved on and began finding freelance work at Marvel Comics, Chiaramonte collaborated with him as inker on several of Ploog's earliest stories, including in Werewolf by Night #1-3 (Sept. 1972 - Jan. 1973) and Marvel Spotlight #7 (Dec. 1972), featuring Ghost Rider. He also inked several Ploog stories in the swamp-monster series Man-Thing in 1974, and Ploog stories in the black-and-white comics magazine Planet of the Apes in 1974 and 1975.

With other pencilers, he inked many stories starring the martial artist superhero Iron Fist, as well as Amazing Adventures #18 (May 1973), the debut of the feature "Killraven, Warrior of the Worlds", inking Neal Adams and Howard Chaykin.[6]

Chiaramonte moved to DC Comics to freelance in 1977, beginning with Action Comics #475 (Sept. 1977), in which he inked Kurt Schaffenberger on the lead Superman story, and Win Mortimer on the Lori Lemaris backup. He became Curt Swan's regular inker on the sister series Superman from 1978 through mid-1982. In addition to other Superman work in Action Comics, The Superman Family, World of Krypton and related titles, he also inked numerous stories for The Flash, Detective Comics, The Legion of Super-Heroes and many other series. His last known work was inking Schaffenberger on the 15-page Superboy story "Beware the Yellow Peri" in The New Adventures of Superboy #34 (Oct. 1982).[6]


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Feb 2013), Francisco Chiaramonte, January 1983; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  2. ^ Francisco Chiaramonte, Social Security Number 097-36-2475, at the Social Security Death Index. No address of record at time of death is listed; state where certificated issue is New York.
  3. ^ Hughes, Bob. "Who Drew Superman in the Bronze Age?". (fan site). Archived from the original on April 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mike Ploog". (interview), The Comics Journal. April–May 2005. Archived from the original on April 29, 2008.  Additional WebCitation archive, December 26, 2010.
  5. ^ Anderson, Murphy; Harvey, R. C. (2003). The Life and Art of Murphy Anderson. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-893905-21-4. 
  6. ^ a b Frank Chiaramonte and misspelling "Frank Chiarmonte" at the Grand Comics Database

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