Thursday, September 22, 2022

Sal Trapani Credit Where Due: Nature Boy

Nature Boy 5 Desert Intrigue 'Aiyyy'

After all the times that Sal Trapani was given the attribution for his ghosts' pencils, it's only fair to give him credit for some stories he did ink without being recognized. I'm not sure who did the pencils on "Starvation Valley" in Nature Boy #4. Could Bill Fraccio have done any?

Jerry Siegel has been correctly credited with the John Buscema drawn stories in #3 (the first issue) and #5. The guess at Joe Gill for #4 and one story in #5 happens to have hit the mark, but another writer known to have been at Charlton in the 1950s wasn't considered. That's Ken Fitch, whose "Aiyyy" is seen in his later Dell work such as Space Man.

Nature Boy

Aug/56 A World Gone Mad i: Sal Trapani

  Starvation Valley p: Molno?  i: Rocke Mastroserio?

  Nature Boy's Private War i: Trapani
  Peaceful Island i: Trapani
Feb/57 Desert Intrigue w: Ken Fitch   i: Trapani
    Menace from the Hills w: Fitch  i: Trapani
    Bringing Up Junior i: Trapani


  1. Martin, Good catch on "Desert Intrigue" Definitely Trapani inks. I'm also uncertain on the pencils but the faces/figures look a bit like Bill Molno's work.

    1. Nick, at first I figured all of these for likely Molno pencils, but finally let myself be persuaded by the Mastroserio attributions on the GCD even though I pooh-poohed its attributing the inks to him.