In a day that already saw the passing of beloved movie critic Roger Ebert and Archie mainstay George Gladir, news has now come that comics legend Carmine Infantino has passed away. He was 87 and had been in poor health for a while.
One of the most influential comics artists of the Silver Age, Infantino not only drew “Flash of Two Worlds” in FLASH #123 that kicked off Earth Two and ushered in the modern age of comics. Sleek and dynamic, his artwork defined the DC look for decades. He later served in a more controversial role as DC’s editor in chief, before returning to art on Star Wars, Spider-Woman and many more titles.
Tributes are pouring out on Twitter and Facebook.
R.I.P. Carmine Infantino, the greatest designer in comics history and one of my heroes. Tough day.
— Mark Waid (@MarkWaid) April 4, 2013
Very first sketch I ever got from an artist was a Flash sketch from Carmine Infantino. One of my art heroes.
— Jeff Lemire (@JeffLemire) April 4, 2013
Sad to hear Carmine Infantino has died. I was lucky to meet him at NYCC and thank him for his work and creating Batgirl and Black Canary.
— DC Women Kicking Ass (@dcwomenkicknass) April 4, 2013
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