Rudy Lapick

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Rudy Lapick
Born (1926-11-17)November 17, 1926
The Bronx, New York City,
Died February 28, 2004(2004-02-28) (aged 77)
Yonkers, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) Inker
Notable works
Archie Comics
Spouse(s) Mary Zema
Original art panels of Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge, "The Reformer", in Betty and Veronica #157 (1969). Penciled by Dan DeCarlo and inked by frequent collaborator Lapick.

Rudolph E. "Rudy" Lapick[1] (17 November 1926[2] – 27 February 2004)[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[citation needed] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b 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).
  2. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 01 Mar 2013), Rudolph E Lapick, 28 February 2004.
  3. ^ Evanier, Mark (February 27, 2004). "Rudy LaPick [sic], R.I.P." P.O.V. Online (column). Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Rudy LaPick at the Grand Comics Database

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