November 17, 1926|
The Bronx, New York City,
|Died||February 28, 2004
Yonkers, New York
Rudolph E. "Rudy" Lapick (17 November 1926 – 27 February 2004) was an American comic book artist who worked as an inker for Archie Comics for many years. He was nominated for a Shazam Award in 1974 for Best Inker (humor).
Rudy Lapick was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, the son of Rudolph and Florence Lapick. He had a brother, John, and a sister, Gioia. After he married Mary Zema on May 30, 1948, the couple moved to nearby Yonkers, New York. They would have a daughter, Lorraine and two sons, Rudy Jr. and John.
Lapick became a staff inker at Timely Comics, the 1940s forerunner of Marvel Comics. In the 1950s, his work included issues of G.I. Joe for Ziff-Davis Comics. He was Dan DeCarlo's primary inker for the majority of DeCarlo's career both at Timely and for decades at Archie.
Lapick maintained a long friendship with fellow Timely/Atlas artist Gene Colan, dating to their working together in the Timely art room starting in 1946. Almost five decades later, he inked some of Colan's late-career work at Archie Comics.
He was living in Yonkers at the time of his death.
- Social Security Death Index listing for Lapick, Rudolph E., Social Security Number 119-16-8993. Note: Gives date of death as February 28; however, a death notice ran online February 27 at Evanier, P.O.V. Online (see).
- "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/J5ND-3ZJ : accessed 01 Mar 2013), Rudolph E Lapick, 28 February 2004.
- Evanier, Mark (February 27, 2004). "Rudy LaPick [sic], R.I.P." P.O.V. Online (column). Archived from the original on June 28, 2011.
- "Obituaries: Lapick, Rudolph". The Journal News. New York. February 29, 2004. Archived from the original on August 4, 2004. Gives death date as Friday, February 27, 2004.
- Rudy LaPick at the Grand Comics Database
- Interview (April 2003) Alter Ego (3) 11
- Vassallo, Michael J. "Rudy Lapick". AtlasTales.com.
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