Sal Amendola

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Sal Amendola
Born1948 (age 70–71)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colourist

Sal Amendola (born 1948, in Italy) is an Italian American comics artist and teacher primarily known for his association with DC Comics.


Amendola artwork from Detective Comics #439 (Feb.–March 1974). Inks by Dick Giordano

Sal Amendola started his comics career in 1969, drawing stories for editor Dick Giordano's The Witching Hour, and becoming Giordano's assistant editor in 1970.[1] At DC, Amendola worked in the production department, where he did coloring, inking, lettering, and page headings. He provided artwork on such features as "Green Arrow" in Action Comics and "John Carter, Warlord of Mars" in Weird Worlds.[2] He drew spot illustrations for an Aquaman text story in Super DC Giant #S-26 (July–August 1971).[3]

Amendola left DC for Marvel Comics in 1972, where, as an associate editor, he worked on letters pages, coloring, and backgrounds. Unhappy at Marvel,[4] Amendola soon returned to DC. He drew the Batman story "Night of the Stalker!" in Detective Comics #439 (Feb.–March 1974) which was scripted by Steve Englehart,[5] considered as one of the greatest Batman short stories ever.[6][7]

In 1976, Amendola was part of the Crusty Bunkers, a group of comic book inkers who assisted Neal Adams' on various projects.[8]

Amendola eventually became an editor and talent coordinator at DC, where he stayed until 1986. He edited the New Talent Showcase[9] and Elvira's House of Mystery titles.[10] He inked Curt Swan's pencils on the comic book adaptation of Superman III in 1983 and was one of the artists on World's Finest Comics #300 (Feb. 1984).[11]

In the mid–1970s, Amendola wrote and drew for Archie Comics and did storyboard art for movies. He began teaching at New York's School of Visual Arts in 1974, and later at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.[1] In 1988, he joined the faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology.


Amendola's comics work (interior art)[2] includes:

Archie Comics[edit]

  • Archie & Friends Double Digest Magazine#15 (2012)
  • Archie Double Digest #237, 243, 271 (2013–2016)
  • Archie's Double Digest Magazine #111 (1999)
  • B&V Friends Double Digest Magazine #237 (2014)
  • Everything's Archie #53 (1976)
  • Jughead and Archie Double Digest #6 (2014)
  • Jughead's Double Digest #199 (2014)
  • Mad House #96 (1974)
  • World of Archie Double Digest #15, 22, 55 (2012–2016)

Atlas/Seaboard Comics[edit]

  • Phoenix #1–3 (1975)

DC Comics[edit]

  1. ^ Amendola inked an unfinished story from the Golden Age of Comics
  2. ^ The rest of the story was penciled by Neal Adams


  1. ^ a b "Sal Amendola". Lambiek Comiclopedia. December 18, 2006. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Sal Amendola at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Levitz, Paul (2010). "The Bronze Age 1970-1984". 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking. Cologne, Germany: Taschen. p. 507. ISBN 9783836519816. This rarity appeared in a publication cover–dated four months after the first Aquaman series had been canceled.
  4. ^ Rozakis, Bob (June 18, 2001). "In Search of... Sal Amendola". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2008. Went to Marvel. I was 'associate editor', doing letters pages, coloring, backgrounds …. They rightly fired me.
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K. (2014). "1970s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 116. ISBN 978-1465424563. Writer Steve Englehart earned his first Batman credit when he created the dialog for this issue's lead feature that was plotted and drawn by Sal Amendola.
  6. ^ Hatcher, Greg (July 29, 2011). "Friday With The Best". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. 'Night of the Stalker' by Steve Englehart, one of the greatest Batman short stories ever.
  7. ^ Reineke, Robert (n.d.). "The 10 Best/Must-Read Individual Batman Comic Book Stories Of All-Time! (Part 2 of 2)". Batman on Film. Archived from the original on July 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Theakston, Greg and Nowlan, Kevin, et al., at Bails, Jerry; Ware, Hames. "Crusty Bunkers". Who's Who of American Comic Books 1928-1999. Archived from the original on May 11, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  9. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (71): 65–71.
  10. ^ Sal Amendola (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. In the tradition of DC's anniversary editions, World's Finest Comics #300 was an extra-length issue contributed to by a variety of comic book talent. Written by David Anthony Kraft, Mike W. Barr, and Marv Wolfman, and illustrated by Ross Andru, Mark Texeira, Sal Amendola, and George Pérez.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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Preceded by
Jim Aparo
Detective Comics penciller
Succeeded by
Howard Chaykin
Preceded by
Karen Berger
New Talent Showcase editor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Elvira's House of Mystery editor
Succeeded by
Ed Hannigan