Carmine Infantino R.I.P.

Carmine Infantino, Legende unter den Comic-Zeichnern, ist vergangene Woche im Alter von 87 Jahren gestorben. Die Karriere von Infantino begann im Golden Age, am bekanntesten war er allerdings für sein Redesign des Flashs (einer meiner Lieblingsfiguren im DC-Verse) und von Batman, die zu einem Superhelden-Revival führten und das Silver Age einläuteten und letztlich auch für den Launch des nicht unwichtigen Verlags Marvel Anfang der 60er führte. R.I.P.

It was Infantino whose redesign of The Flash in 1956 brought such a new, super-sleek line and a sense of science-fiction to the superhero. So much so that we still class this point as the start of the “Silver-Age” of comics, a move away from the tired and stuffy comics of the 40s, a shift towards the future.

And it was Infantino’s incredible design sense that came up with so many iconic and memorable images, especially on covers, where his skills seemed without match. He was responsible, either as artist or designer, for so many iconic covers, especially at DC in the late 60s when his role as DC Editorial Director included designing for the entire line.

But his design and artistic skills are only part of the legacy. Infantino’s time at DC was a time of great innovation, of introducing new artists (Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil), bringing Jack Kirby over from Marvel and giving him license to create his Fourth World saga, and of revitalising old characters.

His career at DC culminated as publisher from ’71 to ’76, after which Infantino returned to art, producing fondly remembered runs on Star Wars, Spiderwoman, and a second run on The Flash. He retired in the 90s.

Forbidden Planet: Carmine Infantino R.I.P. (1925 – 2013)
The Comics Journal: The Carmine Infantino Interview