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    Carmine Infantino
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Carmine Infantino, born in Brooklyn, New York on May 24,1925, is a comic book artist and editor who was a major force in the creation of the Silver Age of comic books.

He started his comics career in the 1940s, and one of his earliest jobs came when he and friend Frank Giacoia drew Jack Frost, with Giacoia penciling and Infantino inking. Infantino worked for several publishers during the 40's, drawing Airboy and The Heap for Hillman, working for the low page rates of the Jack Binder shop (supplying Fawcett Comics ), stopping briefly at Holyoke, then landing back at DC where he became a regular on the Golden Age Black Canary, Green Lantern, Justice Society of America and the Flash.

During the early '50s, he freelanced for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby 's company Prize Comics, drawing Charlie Chan, showing the influence both Kirby and Milton Caniff had on the young artist. At DC, with the demise of most of the '40s heroes, Infantino drew within many genres, including westerns, mysteries and science fiction. As his style continued to evolve, he shed the Kirbyisms and the gritty shading of Caniff, developing his clean linear style of almost pure design, aka the Infantino touch - as though one were seeing a fresh blueprint for the future.

In 1956, he walked into the office of editor Julius Schwartz to drop off some artwork, when Schwartz told him he was going to be drawing super heroes again. Schwartz had made the decision to bring back the Flash for DC's newest title Showcase. The script would be by Robert Kanigher, and Infantino was in charge of finding the look for the new science-fiction based Flash.

Going home to draw the character in a red and yellow uniform, Infantino strived to keep it as simple as possible. He used the theme of blinding speed as a motif for the lighting bolts and wings on the cowl and boots. He relied upon his design abilities to create a new visual language to depict the Flash's speed, making the figure a red and yellow blur. It took a bit for this new version of the Flash character to catch on, going through six tryout issues of Showcase before gaining his own book. Numbering was started with #105, continuing the numbering of the old Flash title of the Golden Age - thus causing most new fans to think that somehow they'd missed 104 issues!

Infantino continued to work for Schwartz in his other titles, most notable becoming the second artist to draw the strip Adam Strange after Mike Sekowsky . With his design sensibilities (he once said he tried to take all the "drawing" out of his pages, but Murphy Anderson kept putting it back in) he soon made the strip his own.

In 1964, Schwartz was also handed the fading Batman titles and asked to try to bring them back to life. Tapped for the job were scripter John Broome and Infantino. They jettisoned the sillier aspects that had crept into the series (Ace the Bathound, Bat-Mite, various alien villains, etc.) and put Batman and Robin back to solving mysteries.

Infantino used his more realistic art style to help made a clean break with the past. The "new look" caused controversy back and forth in the letters pages of fandom for years to come. The Batman books ended up selling well, and Infantino was able to chalk up (make that ink in) another victory.

Other work Infantino was doing at this time included various sci-fi stories for Schwartz, in addition to Batman, Elongated Man, Adam Strange and the Flash (plus covers for these books). His work ethic at the time involved a goal of two fully penciled pages a day.

That was remarkable at a time when most artists could usually turn out one (unless you were Jack "King" Kirby or Steve Ditko, who were known for doing several pages a day with little problem).

By 1967, as it became obvious that books with Infantino covers seemed to be selling better than others, he was charged with designing covers for the entire company.

When DC was sold to National, Infantino was promoted to Editorial Director. He started by hiring new talent, and promoting artists to editorial positions. Dick Giordano was hired away from Charlton Comics while Joe Orlando, Joe Kurbert and Mike Sekowsky became editors. New titles were started with work from new talents like Neal Adams and Denny O'Neil. Infantino was made publisher in early 1971.

His challenge was reversing the company's declining circulation, but complicating matters, the newly merged company owner, Warner Communications and distributor IDN had little faith in the company beyond the marketability of its characters, and newsstand and grocery stores didn't want to handle a magazine with such low profit margins.

Infantino attempted a number of changes. They in included starting several new books in the late 1960s to early 1970s . They included new series like Bat Lash, the Secret Six, and characters like Deadman and The Creeper came upon the scene. In addition, older characters were revamped, such as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to mixed results. Sales were not there in the beginning, causing Infantino to cancel the books, some believe too early.

Later in 1971, Infantino scored a major coup in signing super star Kirby from Marvel Comics, after Kirby's dispute with partner Stan Lee led him to leave the company. Kirby had been privately developing new characters in his last years at Marvel, but had been reluctant to use them for that company. At DC, with Infantino, he and his newer creations were now unleashed. Starting in the Jimmy Olsen book, Kirby launched his Fourth World saga with the titles The New Gods, Forever People, and Mister Miracle.

In the early 1980s Infantino also did runs of Star Wars, Spider-Woman, Nova and others for Marvel. In the late '80's he returned to the Flash at DC, where he was much more at home than in the executive offices.

These days Infantino is retired, but he still does a interviews once in awhile and makes convention appearences. He recently published an autobiography called The Amazing World of Carmine Infantino. Published by Vanguard Press, it features a cover collage (designed by Arlen Schumer) of beautiful vintage Infantino DC cover art.

Since the early 1960s, Infantino has been rightly regarded as one of the Top 5 comics artists of all time. His superb craftsmanship has insured that his position on that very short list has not changed since then, nor will it ever.

Date of Birth: May 24th, 1925
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Date of death: April 04th, 2013

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Awards:
  • 1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Hall of Fame
  • 2000 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Winner - Hall of Fame: (Voter's choice)




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52: The Companion (2007)
80 Page Giant (1964)
Action Comics (1938)
Adam Strange Archives (2004)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures into Terror (1950)
Adventures into Weird Worlds (1952)
The Adventures of Alan Ladd (1949)
The Adventures Of Ford Fairlane (1990)
The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog (1952)
Airboy (1986)
Alan Moore: Storyteller (2011)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-American Western (1948)
All-Flash (1941)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
All-Star Western (1951)
All-Star Western (1970)
Amazing Adventures (1979)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
The Amazing World of DC Comics Special Edition (1976)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
Arak Son of Thunder (1981)
Archives DC: Teen Titans (2007)
Attack On Planet Mars (1951)
Avengers Assemble (2010)
The Avengers (1963)
Back Issue (2003)
Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2010)
Batman (1940)
Batman [GER] (2007)
The Batman Chronicles Gallery (1997)
Batman Classics Sonderband (2000)
The Batman Family (1975)
The Batman Gallery (1992)
Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (2003)
Batman In The Sixties (1999)
Batman Kellogg's Special (1966)
Batman Sonderband (1989)
Batman-Sonderausgabe (1981)
Batman: Cover to Cover (2005)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics (2014)
Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman (2009)
Batman: The Sunday Classics (2007)
Batman: The TV Stories (2014)
The Best of DC (1979)
Beware (1973)
Black Canary Archives (2001)
Blackjacked And Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer (2011)
Blazing Six-Guns (1971)
Blue Ribbon Comics (1983)
Boy Comics (1942)
The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America (Weekly) (1981)
Captain America Comics (1941)
Clue Comics (1947)
The Comet (1983)
Comic Cavalcade (1942)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Comics Buyer's Guide Presents 100 Sexiest Women in Comics (2011)
Comics Buyer's Guide Presents The Greatest Comic Book Covers of AllTime! (2012)
Conan Saga (1987)
Countdown Special: The Flash (2007)
Creepy (1964)
Creepy Presents Bernie Wrightson (2011)
Creepy: The Limited Series (1992)
Crime Does Not Pay Archives (2012)
The Crime Machine (1971)
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005)
Crypt of Shadows (1973)
Danger Trail (1950)
Danger Trail (1993)
Daredevil (1964)
The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl (1982)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Challenge (1985)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Covergirls (2007)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: Batman (2004)
DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day (2010)
DC Comics Presents: The Flash (2011)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Special (1968)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC Super Stars (1976)
DC Universe Illustrated by Neal Adams (2009)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
Deadman (1985)
Deadman (2011)
The Deadman Collection (2001)
Dearly Beloved (1952)
The Deep (1977)
The Defenders (1972)
Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Album (1979)
The Destroyer (1989)
Detective Comics (1937)
Die Rächer (1979)
Die Spinne Comic-Taschenbuch (1979)
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars: Warlord of Mars (2011)
Eerie (1965)
The Empire Strikes Back Monthly (UK) (1980)
The Empire Strikes Back Weekly (UK) (1980)
Essential Avengers (2000)
The Essential Batman Encyclopedia (2008)
Essential Howard the Duck (2002)
Essential Hulk (2002)
Essential Ms. Marvel (2007)
Essential Nova (2006)
The Essential Showcase 1956-1959 (1993)
Essential Spider-Woman (2005)
Essential Super-Villain Team-Up (2004)
Even More Secret Origins (2003)
Flash Archives (1998)
Flash Comics (1940)
Flash Special (1990)
The Flash (1959)
The Flash (1987)
Four Star Spectacular (1976)
From Beyond the Unknown (1969)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Ghosts (1971)
Giant-Size Spider-Woman (2005)
Girls' Romances (1950)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
Green Lantern (1960)
Green Lantern Archives (1993)
The Hawk (1951)
Heroes Against Hunger (1986)
Heroic Age (2010)
History of the Marvel Universe (2012)
House of Mystery (1951)
Howard the Duck (1976)
Howard The Duck Omnibus (2008)
The Human Fly (1977)
Impact Christmas Special (1991)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Inhumanoids (1987)
The Invincible Iron Man DVD-ROM (2007)
Iron Man (1968)
Iron Man Epic Collection (2013)
Jesse James (2003)
Jimmy Wakely (1949)
John Carter Warlord of Mars (1977)
Johnny Thunder (1973)
Jonny Quest (1986)
Justice (1947)
Justice League of America (1960)
King Conan (1980)
L'incroyable Hulk (1968)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Alan Davis (2012)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Lepakkomies (1977)
Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
Love Tales (1949)
Lovers (1949)
Marvel Comics Illustrated/Marvel Illustrated Books (1970)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Journey into Mystery (2008)
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Strange Tales (2007)
Marvel Mystery Comics (1939)
Marvel Preview (1975)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel-Comic-Sonderheft (1980)
Men's Adventures (1950)
More Secret Origins Replica Edition (1999)
Ms. Marvel (1977)
Ms. Tree Quarterly (1990)
My Own Romance (1949)
Mystery in Space (1951)
Mystery Tales (1952)
Mystic (1951)
New Crusaders: Legacy (2013)
The New Teen Titans Omnibus (2011)
Nova (1976)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A To Z Update (2010)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
Our Army at War (1952)
Phantom Stranger (1952)
The Phantom Stranger (1969)
The Phantom (1948)
Portia Prinz of the Glamazons (1986)
Power Factor (1987)
PS Artbooks Showcase (2013)
Red Tornado (1985)
Roter Blitz (1976)
The Savage Sword Of Conan (1974)
Secret Origins (1961)
Secret Origins (1973)
Secret Origins (1986)
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
Showcase Presents: Showcase (2012)
Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man (2006)
Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash (2011)
Showcase Presents: Wonder Woman (2007)
Silver Age Secret Files (2000)
Son of Sinbad (1950)
Spellbound (1952)
Spider-Man Comics Weekly (UK) (1973)
Spider-Woman (1978)
Spider-Woman (1979)
Spider-Woman - La mujer Araña (1978)
Spidey (1979)
Spiral Zone (1988)
Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
Star Trek (1984)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1982)
Star Wars Galaxy Magazine (1994)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Weekly (UK) (1978)
Star Wars: Luke Skywalker: The Last Hope for the Galaxy (2008)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1981)
Star-Lord: Guardian of the Galaxy (2014)
Star-Lord: Worlds On the Brink (2013)
Star*Reach Companion (2013)
Steel Sterling (1984)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Strange Tales (1951)
Sub-Mariner Comics (1941)
Super Adventure Comic (1950)
Super DC (1969)
The Super Heroes Monthly (1980)
Super Powers (1986)
Super-Villain Team-Up (1975)
Superman (1939)
Superman Extra (1980)
Superman Meets the Quik Bunny (1987)
Superman Taschenbuch (1976)
Superman-Batman (1966)
Superman: Cover to Cover (2006)
Suspense (1949)
Suspense Comics (1943)
Tähtien sota (1977)
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014)
Tales of the Teen Titans (1984)
Tales of the Unexpected (1956)
The Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (News by Computer Foils Kidnappers Edition) (1986)
Titans (1980)
Top Comics (1969)
Trigger Twins (1973)
Uncanny Tales (1973)
V (1985)
Vampire Tales (1973)
Vampirella Masters Series (2010)
Video Jack (1987)
Wanted, the World's Most Dangerous Villains (1972)
The Warren Companion (2001)
Warren Presents (1979)
Weird Secret Origins (2004)
Weird Thrillers (1951)
Weird War Tales (1971)
Weird Western Tales (1972)
West Coast Avengers (1984)
Western Comics (1948)
What If? (1977)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Women In Love (1952)
Women of Marvel (2006)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
World's Finest Comics Monthly (1965)

Inker:
52: The Companion (2007)
Adventures into Weird Worlds (1952)
The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog (1952)
All-Star Western (1951)
All-Star Western (1970)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
The Amazing World of DC Comics Special Edition (1976)
Back Issue (2003)
Batman Classics Sonderband (2000)
Batman In The Sixties (1999)
The Best of DC (1979)
Beware (1973)
Blackjacked And Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer (2011)
Boy Comics (1942)
Captain America Comics (1941)
Crypt of Shadows (1973)
DC Sampler (1983)
Detective Comics (1937)
Explorer Joe (1951)
Flash Comics (1940)
Ghost Rider (1973)
Green Lantern (1960)
Johnny Thunder (1973)
Jonny Quest (1986)
Justice (1947)
Justice League of America (1960)
Love Tales (1949)
My Own Romance (1949)
Mystery in Space (1951)
Mystic (1951)
The New Teen Titans Omnibus (2011)
Our Army at War (1952)
The Phantom (1948)
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man (2006)
Spellbound (1952)
Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
Star Wars Weekly (UK) (1978)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Strange Tales (1951)
Sub-Mariner Comics (1941)
Super Adventure Comic (1950)
Superman (1939)
Suspense (1949)
Trigger Twins (1973)
Uncanny Tales (1973)
USA Comics (1941)
Vampire Tales (1973)
Weird Western Tales (1972)
Western Comics (1948)

Colorist:
Strange Adventures (1950)

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Editor:
Crossover Classics (1991)
G.I. Combat (1952)
Green Lantern/Green Arrow (1972)
Showcase (1956)
Star Spangled War Stories (1952)
Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1995)
The Unexpected (1968)

Cover Artist:
3-D Batman (1953)
80 Page Giant (1964)
Action Comics (1938)
Adam Strange Archives (2004)
Adventure Comics (1938)
All-American Comics (1939)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Western (1951)
Alter Ego (1999)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
The Avengers (1963)
Batman (1940)
Batman From the Thirties to the Seventies (1971)
Batman Kellogg's Special (1966)
Batman: A Word to the Wise (1992)
Batman: Cover to Cover (2005)
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives (2003)
Batman: The TV Stories (2014)
Big Town (1951)
Black Canary Archives (2001)
Bomba, The Jungle Boy (1967)
Boy Commandos (1942)
Boy Commandos (1973)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... (1999)
The Comet (1983)
Comic Book Marketplace (1991)
The Comics Journal (1977)
Danger Trail (1950)
The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl (1982)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: Flash (2004)
DC Releases (1984)
DC Silver Age Classics (1992)
DC Special (1968)
DC Special (1975)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DC/Marvel Classics (1999)
The Defenders (1972)
Detective Comics (1937)
Earth 2 (2012)
Flash Annual No. 1 Replica Edition (2001)
Flash Archives (1998)
The Flash Chronicles (2009)
Flash Comics (1940)
The Flash Omnibus (2014)
The Flash (1959)
From Beyond the Unknown (1969)
Giant Comics to Color (1975)
The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told (1991)
The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told (1990)
Green Lantern (1960)
The Green Lantern Chronicles (2009)
House of Mystery (1951)
Howard the Duck (1976)
The Human Fly (1977)
The Inhumanoids (1987)
Jesse James (2003)
Jonny Quest (1986)
Judge Dredd (2012)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice Society of America 100-Page Super Spectacular (2000)
Kent Blake of the Secret Service (1951)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
Love Romances (1949)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Millennium Edition:... (2000)
Murder (1986)
My Own Romance (1949)
Mystery in Space (1951)
Nova (1976)
The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (1970)
Our Army at War (1952)
Phantom Stranger (1952)
Plastic Man (1966)
Red Tornado (1985)
Roter Blitz (1976)
Sea Devils (1961)
Secret Origins (1961)
Secret Origins (1986)
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
Showcase (1956)
Showcase Presents: Batman (2006)
Showcase Presents: Justice League of America (2005)
Showcase Presents: Robin - The Boy Wonder (2008)
Showcase Presents: Showcase (2012)
Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man (2006)
Showcase Presents: The Flash (2007)
Showcase Presents: The Trial of the Flash (2011)
The Silver Age of DC Comics (2013)
Silver Age: Flash (2000)
Spider-Woman (1978)
Spiral Zone (1988)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars (1982)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Weekly (UK) (1978)
Steel Sterling (1984)
Strange Adventures (1950)
Super Powers (1986)
Superboy (1949)
Superman (1939)
Superman Meets the Quik Bunny (1987)
Superman Through the Ages (2007)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1995)
Superman-Sonderausgabe (1976)
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino (2014)
Tales of the Unexpected (1956)
Teräsmies vastaan Hämähäkki (1976)
Teräsmies-spesiaali (1992)
Top Comics (1969)
Video Jack (1987)
Weird Worlds (1972)
Western Comics (1948)
Wonder Woman (1942)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
World's Finest Comics Monthly (1965)



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