Everybody loves Ralph!
By PETER BOSCH
There is no such thing as too many Carmine Infantino covers and pages to look back on. Batman, the Flash, Adam Strange — all incredible works of art. But one of my favorites was a character who was introduced in The Flash #112 (Apr.-May 1960) and who would soon move over to Detective Comics to have his own ongoing feature — the Elongated Man, aka Ralph Dibny.
With Infantino drawing the other heroes, the Flash could run superfast, Batman could sock someone out of a panel, and Adam Strange — well, with those terrific flying sequences on the Mystery in Space covers, I kept wondering how those rocket flames didn’t burn up his and Alanna’s posteriors. But with the Elongated Man, Infantino could go wild twisting him all over the page. And he did!
So, for the late Carmine Infantino’s birthday (he born 98 years ago May 24, 1925), enjoy these 13 GROOVY PAGES AND COVERS, including the origin of the Elongated Man:
— CARMINE INFANTINO’s 13 Greatest FLASH Covers — RANKED. Click here.
— CARMINE INFANTINO’s Greatest BATMAN Covers — RANKED. Click here.
13th Dimension contributor-at-large PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Page, has just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.
May 25, 2023
Oh that’s fun! I got a few of the old Detective comics and the reprints when I was a kid in the 70s!
May 25, 2023
I was a huge fan of Carmine’s pages that he penciled and inked. He did quite a few Elongated Man stories in their entirety – great stuff!