DC Comic book artist innovator, later DC Comics publishing head
Batman #197 Cover art by Infantino
Artwork by Carmine Infantino with Mike Espositio inks. Dec 1967 issue. See enlarged.
Black Canary - Carmine Infantino art
Detective Comics #363
Detective Comics #363, May 1967. Cover art by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson
The Flash #174
Carmine Infantino cover - Spider-Woman 8
Spider-Woman #8, Cover by Carmine Infantino - Nov 1978
Carmine Infantino has passed away
Age 87, Comic book artist and publisher at DC
Infantino (1925-2013) is credited with working on the original versions of characters at DC Comics like Barry Allen (Flash, along with his villains like Captain Boomerang, Mirror Master, Captain Cold, and Gorilla Grodd). He also co-created the revised Batgirl, aka Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, Elongated Man and Deadman.
As an editorial figure and as publisher at DC, Infantino is the man who brought over a new roster of artists to DC Comics, such as Jack Kirby, Denny O'Neil, Dick Giordano, and Neil Adams, among others.
After his retirment from creating comics, Infantino taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Here's the DC Comics press release on the passing of Infantino:
With one image, Carmine Infantino defined a comic book era. SHOWCASE #4 – featuring the Silver Age Flash bursting through a reel of film, almost jumping off the page – heralded a new chapter for some of the most iconic characters in the world, and it was due in large part to Carmine’s refined craft, knack for design and ability to create covers that demanded a reader’s response. Everyone at DC Entertainment would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.
It’s not a stretch to say Carmine was one of the most influential artists of our time. Whether he was bringing the first appearance of Barry Allen to life, or building a bridge between Earth-One and Two in the legendary “The Flash of Two Worlds” story, chronicling the adventures of Adam Strange and reinventing the look of Batman and his entire family, he breathed new life into every character he encountered, and also made a name for himself as a respected and skilled publishing executive. A supreme talent and versatile creator, Carmine stands tall among the legends of comics.
A designer, draftsman, skilled dealmaker and a master of the comic book page, Carmine’s influence is impossible to quantify. From redesigning the Flash – from a metal-hat-wearing speedster to the sleek, scarlet speedster we know today – to bringing Jack “King” Kirby over to DC to create his epic New Gods saga in his role as Publisher at DC Comics, his legend is one that will live on for decades, with its influence still affecting the books fans pick up today.
“The entire DC Entertainment family is saddened by the loss of Carmine Infantino,” said Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment President. “His contributions to the comics industry and to DC Comics in particular are immense and impossible to quantify. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans during this difficult time.”
Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher commented, “Carmine was a legend. The number of classic covers he created are innumerable. His influence, reach and impact is humbling and will always live on.”
“There are few people in this world that have had as much of an impact on the industry as Carmine,” added DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio. “He bridged both the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, shepherding in some of the most successful periods in our history and setting the course of our characters that is still seen today. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will remain forever.”
Infantino Poison Ivy Batman Cover, 1966
June 1966 issue. Carmine Infantino (pencils) Murphy Anderson (inks). Enlarge.
First Black Canary 1948, Carmine Infantino art
Original Page April 9, 2013