||David A Trampier - 'DAT'
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A former artist and writer who worked on some of the earliest editions of the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game and was the creator of the Wormy comic strip that ran in Dragon magazine. He would sign his work with his initials "DAT" or with "Tramp".
In 1988 Trampier stopped working in the gaming and comic industry and apparently vanished, payment checks to his address were returned unopened.
In 2002 an article in the online edition of the Daily Egyptian, the student newspaper of Southern Illinois University, featured a taxi driver named David Trampier working in Carbondale, and included a photograph (pictured on right).
His current whereabouts and status are unknown.
Date of Birth: 1954
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
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Kim Mohan, then editor of Dragon, told Phil Foglio that payments sent to Trampier for Wormy were returned unopened. Foglio explained that "When an artist's checks are returned uncashed, he is presumed dead."
Rumors that he had died were denied by Tom Wham, Trampier's brother-in-law. Wham stated as recently as 2004 that he believed Trampier "still exists somewhere in Illinois".
After his sudden reappearance in the 2002 online article he was contacted by fans but responded that he wished to be left alone and had apparently wanted nothing more to do with the industry.
Trampier provided much of the black and white interior art in the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules and manuals, including the original Monster Manual and Deities & Demigods. Trampier also provided the artwork for several covers, including the American first edition of the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook and the cover of the 1979 version of the module The Village of Hommlet.
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