Legendary comic book artist Carmine Infantino passed away today at the age of 87. Carmine is best known for his work in creating Batgirl, Barry Allen, Black Canary and numerous other characters as well as introducing the world to the concept of Earth-2 and the multiverse in The Flash #123. The news broke when it was first posted on George Perez’s Facebook page. He had this to say: “So sad to learn of the passing of another comic book legend. Carmine Infantino was one of the great influential artists in the history of the medium and I will always look upon his Adam Strange, Flash and Space Museum stories as wondrous examples of fantasy made even more magical at the hands of a master. RIP, Carmine.” Many other comic creators took to social media sites like Twitter to express their condolences: @MarkWaid: R.I.P. Carmine Infantino, the greatest designer in comics history and one of my heroes. Tough day. @Dan Jurgens: So sorry to hear of Carmine Infantino’s passing. Best cover artist/designer ever. When I laud Infantino’s brilliant covers, I don’t just do it from an adult perspective, looking in the rearview mirror. I have distinct memories of seeing those covers on the newsstand and knowing that I had to buy those above all others. Batman, Flash and even a number of other DC titles. In many cases, Infantino didn’t draw them, but designed them for others to draw-his visual signature is unmistakable. @JeffLemire: Very first sketch I ever got from an artist was a Flash sketch from Carmine Infantino. One of my art heroes. What are your thoughts on the career of Carmine Infantino and what he contributed to the comic book industry? Leave your thoughts and condolences in the comments below. 2 Responses Bob Reyer April 5, 2013 As one who grew up during Carmine Infantino’s hey-day, seeing his art on a cover never failed to lure you in with a moment that you needed to see the explanation for! His art was always beautifully laid out, and dynamic even when it was still. Mr. Infantino’s “New Look” Batman in 1964 changed the game after the quirky Batman of the late 50s to early 60s, and his Science-Fiction work on Adam Strange was breath-taking, but my lasting memory of Mr. Infantino’s work is certainly The Flash. For my money, nobody before or since has captured “speed” in a comic book so perfectly! He will be missed. Log in to Reply Travis McCollum April 5, 2013 Agreed. I tried to leave my personal feelings out of the post but Infantino, at least in my opinion, is one of the most talented and influential artists to ever come about. His work shaped a lot of what made DC great and his work on Flash was nothing short of extraordinary. His talent will always be remembered and up and coming artists should really take a look at his work if they want to work in this industry. He will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.