Born either in the New York City suburb of Eastchester or in the Eastchester neighborhood of the borough The Bronx, Vic Carrabotta attended Catholic elementary school, followed by Manhattan’s High School of Music & Art and the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later named the School of Visual Arts). Drawing since grade school, Carrabotta as a teen became friendly with fledgling professional comic-book artist Jerry Grandenetti, who lived near Carrabotta’s home and taught him inking, the step in the comic-book process where the pencil artist’s work is embellished with ink for stylistic and print-reproduction reasons.
“The House on the Hill” in Astonishing #13 (May 1952), led to a stream of regular work as a freelance penciler for Atlas Comics, with Carrabotta initially inking himself and later being inked by Jack Abel. Thus the rest is history. Drawing primarily for horror comics, Carrabotta did work for early issues of such Atlas anthologies as Adventures into Terror, Journey into Mystery (including issue #1), and Strange Tales prior to the imposition of the industry’s self-censorship Comics Code.
He went on to do science-fiction/fantasy suspense stories for titles including Journey into Unknown Worlds, Marvel Tales, Mystic, Uncanny Tales, and others. Carrabotta was one of the few Atlas artists to regularly sign his work, aiding in compiling his bibliography.
He also has worked for numerous companies including Disney and some highlights include his original design concepts and storyboarding for such Disney projects as 101 Dalmatians and Pirates of the Carribean.
Vic can now be found making convention appearances and if you are seeking a commission, just contact him at http://viccarrabotta.com.
Friday at 5:30 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook B
Horror at Atlas and Timely Comics!
Vic was a featured artist on many horror and suspense titles in the 1950’s while the McCarthy-style hearings about the evils of comic books were happening. Hear first-hand about the time and what it was like to be involved in those creepy classics.