John P. D'Agostino Sr , artist






John P. D'Agostino Sr (June 13, 1929 – November 28, 2010)[4] was a comic-book artist best known for his Archie Comics work. He was also the letterer for the lead story in the Marvel Comics landmark The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963), as well as other seminal Marvel comics. (Under the name Johnny Dee) D'Agostino was born in Cervinara, Italy and emigrated to the United States with his family during childhood. He mentored new-hire Stan Goldberg, a 16-year-old colorist who would later become one of Archie Comics' most prominent cartoonists. Goldberg recalled, "I found out there was an opening in the coloring department at Timely Comics, so I went up there. They needed another body to be in the room that handled the coloring, and that's where I worked. ...[T]he man who was in charge of the coloring department is still a dear friend of mine, Jon D'Agostino."  Following the 1992 death of his first wife, he married Elvira "Vivi" Testa D'Agostino in 1995, D'Agostino's The Bronx to Ansonia, where his two sons live. He died there of bone cancer.