Sal Amendola

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Sal Amendola
Born 1948
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer, Colourist

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


Amendola artwork from Superman #239 (June–July 1971).

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 drew the Batman story "Night of the Stalker!" in Detective Comics #439 (Feb.-March 1974) which was scripted by Steve Englehart.[4]

Amendola left DC for Marvel Comics in 1972, where, as an associate editor, he worked on letters pages, coloring, and backgrounds. Unhappy at Marvel,[5] Amendola soon returned to DC and drew Batman again. Amendola eventually became an editor and talent coordinator at DC, where he stayed until 1986. He edited the New Talent Showcase[6] and Elvira's House of Mystery titles.[7] He inked Curt Swan's pencils on the comic book adaptation of Superman III in 1983. Amendola was one of the artists on World's Finest Comics #300 (Feb. 1984).[8]

In the mid-1970s, Amendola wrote and drew for Archie Comics and has done storyboard art for movies. Amendola 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:

Atlas/Seaboard Comics[edit]

  • Phoenix #1-3 (1975)

DC Comics[edit]


  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. Taschen America. p. 507. ISBN 9783836519816. This rarity appeared in a publication cover-dated four months after the first Aquaman series had been canceled. 
  4. ^ Manning, Matthew K. (2014). "1970s". Batman: A Visual History. 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Greenberger, Robert (April 2014). "New Talent and Bonus Babies". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (71): 65–71. 
  7. ^ Sal Amendola (editor) at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. 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. 

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