Beloved Cartoonist Vincent Musacchia Dead at 63

Cartoonist Vincent Musacchia, a lifelong Brooklynite, died last month and was inurned (his cremated body placed in an urn) at Green-Wood this past Tuesday.

Cartoonist Vincent M
Cartoonist Vincent Musacchia.

Vince had reported recently on a blog that, for the last three years, he had been “. . . freelancing. Working on Advertising, Comic Strips & Comic Book projects.”

On October 14, his wife Roz posted this on the Facebook page of the Minnesota Cartoonists’ League:

Dear Friends of my dear husband Vince Musacchia
It is with deep and profound sorrow that I must tell you that my dear Vince passed away this morning. He fought valiantly against the horribly deadly “silent killer” – pancreatic cancer – for only four short months. We, his family who adored him, have planned a mass in celebration of the great life he lived for Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart – St. Stephen’s Church, corner of Hicks and Summit Streets, Brooklyn, NY. (This is 10 days from now so that anyone who wants to make plans to come will be able to do so.)

Vince didn’t want a wake, he wanted to be cremated and to have a mass at our church. I am honoring his wishes, as I have honored him all the days of our 35-year marriage and as I will honor him until the day I die. God bless us all.

And, please, after you have read this message – please put a smile on your face and think of one of the many hundreds of funny memories you have of Vince.

Thank you, Roz Pontone Musacchia

According to the funeral director, 900 people came to the church to celebrate the mass and to pay their respects to this beloved man and very talented cartoonist.

Vincent Musacchia studied art in Manhattan at the Art & Design School and at the School of Visual Arts. After a successful career in advertising, in which he rose to be a senior designer at Saatchi and Saatchi, he turned to book illustration, working for Golden Books and others. He then worked for Warner Brothers on Scooby Doo and other projects and rose to be senior illustrator for Warner Brothers Studio Stores from 1995 to 2000.

Scooby-Doo! by Vincent Musacchia

He also illustrated “The Honeymooners” comics. As the Comic Book Database notes, “But it is with the idiosyncrasies of cartoon greats such as Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote and Marvin The Martian that make his Warner Bros work stand out.”

Bugs! Note the text at top left:
Bugs Bunny by Vincent Musacchia. Note the text at top left: “TORN FROM THE CARROT PATCH TO TERRIFY THE WORLD!”

He worked as manager of Global Character Art for Disney Consumer Products from 2004 to 2010. Here is his take on Cinderella for Disney:vm.cinderellaAnd one of Vincent Musacchia’s Mickey Mouses for Disney:

From 2007.
From 2007.

Here is one of his many Popeye comic book covers:

Popeye as illustrator, with spinach at his side.
Popeye as illustrator, keeping his brushes at the ready in a spinach can.

Vincent was an active blogger–he had much colorful art to share with the world. Here’s his blogger profile:

Don't miss his response to the question at the bottom--a real Brooklyn sense of humor.
Don’t miss his response to the question at the bottom–a real Brooklyn sense of humor.

To close with a final scene–Vincent Musacchia’s illustration of the moon and the stars lighting his beloved New York City:

Moon over New York City.
Moon over New York City.

Rest in peace, Vincent Musacchia.


9 thoughts on “Beloved Cartoonist Vincent Musacchia Dead at 63”

  1. I’m just seeing this today by chance – Vince was 63 and my name is “Roz” (although I was named after my grandma Rose). I’m not able to see the artwork attachments you’ve added, I wonder why? Thank you for posting this, sincerely Roz, Vince’s wife of 35+ years.

    • I have corrected the text. My apologies. Perhaps you might trying viewing this in another browser–then the images may be visible for you.

      • Thanks, Jeff – at first, my browser was Firefox. I just used Safari and I am able to see everything! FYI, I have added this to my Facebook page and I thank you for your article.

  2. Rest in peace Vince. You were a wonderful talented man.
    May your memory be a blessing to your beloved Roz, your family , and to all that have known and loved you.
    God rest your soul.

  3. It was a pleasure and moving moment to finally meet Vince at the Caminiti Cousins family reunion in June 2015. It is with profound sorrow to hear of his passing later that year. R.I.P. Vince, to a caring soul.

  4. I’ve always been so proud of my brother-in-law, Vince.
    A brother to me really.
    His many talents are surpassed only by his love and devotion to Roz and the family

  5. Thank you Vince , for reaching out to me before you passed to share your good feelings about Hopeton and I influencing you.. You honor us.. Hope would have been so proud of you and your talent and success. You gave us a lot of credit when the talent and perception was all your own.. I am happy you had such a wonderful loving wife and family who adored you . We all adored you at CIAO. Say Hi to Hopeton.. xo you are loved always.

    • Thank you, Rob Slatus. Since it’s almost the six-year anniversary of my husband Vince’s passing, I was looking through the many online references to Vince and his art career. The wording you used in perfect – “respect” is one of the principles that exemplified Vince. His uncanny ability at illustration, cartooning and storytelling were only surpassed by his kindness, his respect and his love for all of us.


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