Dial C for Creator
Carmine Infantino, legend of the Golden Age and Silver Age of comics, has died at the age of 87. Infantino’s first published work appeared in 1942, when Infantino was 16. After graduating school, Infantino worked as an artist for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Prize Comics, DC Comics, Hilmman Periodicals, and other publishers, working on such characters as Airboy, the Heap, the Justice Society of America and the Golden Age Green Lantern. In 1956, Infantino co-created the new Flash, ushering in the Silver Age of comics. He updated the look and feel of Batman by getting rid of some of the silliness that had crept into the comic and emphasizing Batman’s detective skills He co-created Batgirl, Deadman and Animal Man. He was the second artist to draw Adam Strange, making the character his own. In 1967, Infantino was made DC’s art director, then promoted to editorial director, and finally publisher in 1971. On his watch, DC published a large array of comics: Joe Kubert’s Tarzan; Denny O’Neil and Michael Kaluta’s The Shadow; Sergio Aragones; the earliest adventures of the Western antihero Jonah Hex; Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson’s Detective Comics backup serial Manhunter; O’Neil and Howard Chaykin’s space adventure hero Ironwolf; and Len Wein and Berni Wrightson’s Swamp Thing. Infantino recently published an autobiography call The Amazing World of Carmine Infantino.