Tony DiPreta best known for Joe Palooka and Rex Morgan, M.D., passed away this past Wednesday at the age of 88. DiPreta died of respiratory and cardiac arrest, according to his son, Richard DiPreta, a Greenwich, CT. attorney.
In a 2007 interview DiPreta said he got into cartooning after reading in The Advocate of Stamford that a cartoonist named Webster made $50,000 a year. He began his career after high school by working for Quality Comics as a colorist. He the went on to letter for cartoonist Lyman Young while Young went out to play golf.
He then moved to New York City where he met Stan Lee who then had him ink Porky Pig. From 1945 to 1955 DiPreta worked on Mickey Finn. In 1959 he began to work on Joe Palooka and eventually Rex Morgan, M.D.
DiPreta is predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Frances DiPreta, who died Sept. 26, 2009. In addition to his son Richard DiPreta, he is survived by brothers Joe DiPreta of North Kingston, R.I., and Leonard DiPreta of Stamford; daughter Janet DiPreta, of Anchorage, Alaska; son Edward DiPreta of St. Simons, Ga.; and grandson Christopher DiPreta.