John P. “Jon” D'Agostino Sr.


John P. “Jon” D'Agostino Sr.

Cervinara, Provincia di Avellino, Campania, Italy
Death 28 Nov 2010 (aged 81)
Ansonia, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Shelton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Plot C3
Memorial ID 62528298 View Source

Jon D'Agostino was born in Cervinara, Italy, the son of Pasquale and Annunziata Pitanello D'Agostino.

An Italian-American comic-book artist best known for his Archie Comics work. As well, under the pseudonym "Johnny Dee", he was 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.

In the 1980s he was inking primarily for Archie and for Marvel, including on the latter's G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero, Marvel Two-In-One, and, for Marvel's Star Comics children's imprint, Planet Terry and Royal Roy.

By 1990, D'Agostino was exclusively inking for Archie, on teen-humor stories for such titles as Archie's Pals 'N' Gals, Jughead's Time Police, Explorers of the Unknown (a light adventure comic starring the Archie gang), Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the video-game licensed comic Sonic the Hedgehog.

D'Agostino's last known published credit was inking the cover of Betty #173 (June 2008),although Archie Comics said in a statement announcing his death that his last interior work would appear in Jughead Double Digest #166, as part of the four-part "Cyrano Jones" story, "and several of his covers will be seen through 2011."

Jon married his first wife, Jean D'Onofrio D'Agostino, in 1955 and was happily married for 37 years until her passing in 1992. In 1995, he married his present wife, Vivi Testa D'Agostino. They lived in the Bronx for most of their 15 years of marriage. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, youthful attitude, and for being a loving & caring family man. Jon was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a Civil War buff.

In addition to his wife, Vivi Testa D'Agostino, he is survived by three sons, John D'Agostino Jr., Peter D'Agostino and Pat (Stacey) D'Agostino; two sisters, Lucielle Felice and Gina; two brothers, Peter and Ted D'Agostino; four grandchildren, John D'Agostino III, Lance Corporal Marc D'Agostino, Nicholas D'Agostino and Gabriella Grace D'Agostino; 2 great-grandchildren, Isabella and John D'Agostino IV and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles and William D'Agostino.

D'Agostino died of bone cancer in Ansonia, Connecticut,where two of his sons live.

A wake will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 4-8 pm at the SPINELLI-RICCIUTI/BEDNAR-OSIECKI FUNERAL HOME, at 62 Beaver Street in Ansonia, Connecticut. Friends and relatives are also invited to attend his funeral on Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 at 8:15am at the same location followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:00 am at the Holy Rosary Church in Ansonia. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Shelton, Connecticut.

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