Carmine Infantino, the artist whose late ‘50s and ‘60s DC Comics artwork literally ushered in the Silver Age of Comics, passed away at the age of 87, on April 04, 2013.
No one could tell the story of Carmine Infantino better than Mark Evanier, at THIS LINK.
As for me, I’ll limit my own tribute to the characters closest to me, The Flash and Batman.
Consider the great artists who have become synonymous with the Silver Age: Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, Steve Ditko, and so many more – and then consider that the single most creative burst in the history of the medium (Yes, more so than even the Golden Age, which stated it all!), was conceived in the literal “Big Bang” of this issue!
|SHOWCASE # 4|
Infantino followed this with more Flash SHOWCASE issues.
|SHOWCASE # 8|
|SHOWCASE # 13|
|SHOWCASE # 14|
And then THE FLASH resumes its own series, with early covers like these…
|THE FLASH # 105|
|THE FLASH # 110|
…One of the best known images of the Silver Age…
|THE FLASH # 123|
…Ones like these (tributed in the JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED episode “The Brave and the Bold”)…
|THE FLASH # 115|
|THE FLASH # 133|
…And my personal favorite…
THE FLASH # 163
Then, he moved on to BATMAN, and put the “dynamic” back into the “Dynamic Duo”!
|BATMAN # 166|
|BATMAN # 167|
|BATMAN # 169|
|BATMAN # 190|
|BATMAN # 171|
...gave us the first Silver Age Scarecrow in this issue...
|BATMAN # 189|
|BATMAN # 181|
I also feel that Infantino’s unique version of Batman was what led to this famous logo image.
|BATMAN # 183|
In the eighties, he returned to THE FLASH, for the infamous “Trial” storyline.
|THE FLASH # 340|
|THE FLASH # 347|
And also SUPERGIRL.
|SUPERGIRL # 17|
So classic was his initial FLASH cover that it took on many forms.
Carmine Infantino left us with such an incredible body of work, that it is impossible to catalogue it within the confines of a single Blog post. Suffice it to say this talented artist's output stands as expertly rendered, trend-setting, and historic work that all comic book fans will remember forever.
|THE FLASH # 124|
|BATMAN # 194|
Straight to stylized, he did it ALL!