Flash in Mourning

Art by Tatjana Wood

Carmine Infantino Photo by Luigi Novi

Carmine Infantino
Photo by Luigi Novi

Today the comics world has lost another one of its pioneers.  Carmine Infantino has passed away at age 87.

As a DC Comics fan, Infantino’s influence is impossible to overstate.  During his tenure at DC, the Brooklyn native was responsible for creating one of the founding members of the Justice League of America… the Silver Age Barry Allen Flash in his now-classic red and yellow track suit.  Infantino also rounded out the Flash’s pantheon of rogues with classic characters like Gorilla Grodd, Mirror Master, Captain Cold and Captain Boomerang.  These characters remain some of the most beloved of the DC Universe, but this only scratches the surface of Infantino’s legacy to comics.

Infantino also created the classic Black Canary character, as well as co-creating the Barbara Gordon Batgirl in the 1960s.  As editorial director of DC Comics, Infantino brought on board the likes of Dick Giordano, Joe Kubert, Neal Adams and Denny O’Neill as well as luring legendary creator Jack Kirby from the marvelous competition.

Carmine Infantino helped craft the Silver Age of comics and his influence continues to be felt to this day.  His characters may not be considered “A-List”, but they have stood the test of time, enduring the years and ensuring Mr. Infantino’s legacy for the future.

If you’d like to know more about Carmine Infantino, please visit www.carmineinfantino.com