Today we lost one of the great pencillers in comics history, indeed one of the most influential draftsman in the grand tradition of superhero art.
As reported by IGN, Carmine Infantino, the man who introduced one Flash to another and helped unveil DC Comics’ multiverse to countless awestruck readers, has died at the age of 87.
During his decades of artistry, he co-created such lasting characters as Animal Man, Barbara Gordon, Black Canary, Deadman and, most notably, Barry Allen. He’s also responsible for designing, perhaps, my own favorite DC characters in Flash rogues like Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Gorilla Grodd and more. And those are just the heroes and villains he helped devise. He also had storied runs on books like Detective Comics and contributed landmark cover and interior art to the full pantheon. He rendered gods, mortals and galaxies far, far away. As Editorial Director and then Publisher of DC Comics during the late 60s and 70s, he brought in new talent like Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, and a guy from across the street named Jack Kirby.
Simply put, if you’ve ever enjoyed a DC comic, Mr. Infantino almost certainly had something to do with it, if not directly, than through his influence as a founding father and guiding spirit. He chronicled legends and in the process, became one.
Godspeed, Mr. Infantino.