DC Plans Hardcover Tribute to CARMINE INFANTINO

One of DC’s architects to receive a career retrospective…

The late Carmine Infantino was one of the most influential creators in DC history. More than any other artist, he was responsible for the house look from the dawn of the Silver Age until the late ’60s, by which time he’d become a company exec. By the dawn of the Bronze Age, he’d brought in megawatt talent like Neal Adams, Denny O’Neil, Dick Giordano — and Jack Kirby.

He had a tremendous impact on characters like the Flash, Batman and Batgirl, to name a few.

Now, DC is planning a hardcover retrospective showcasing some of the artist’s greatest work — Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino Vol. 1 — due in 2021.

Dig this official description and placeholder art from Edelweiss+, the book-industry marketing platform:

Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino Vol. 1

Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino Vol. 1 is the can’t miss collection of Infantino’s most incredible works!

Collecting some of Infantino’s most incredible work from the Silver Age of comics, including stories from Secret Origins, Detec tive Comics, The Flash, All-Star Comics, and more! Legends of the DC Universe: Carmine Infantino Vol. 1 makes the perfect addition to any bookshelf!

Collects Secret Origins #17, Detective Comics #327, Detective Comics #332, Danger Trail #1-4, The Flash #112, The Flash #123, Showcase #4, House of Mystery #296, DC Comics Presents #73, The Brave and the Bold #49, All-Star Comics #40, Sensation Comics #87, Strange Adventures #204, Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #89, All-Star Western #1, Flash Comics #86, Flash Comics #90, All-American Comics #95, DC Special #1, Mystery in Space #1, The Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #4, Western Comics #73, Comic Cavalcade #28, Secret Hearts #8.

A few thoughts:

Infantino’s iconic Dynamic Duo, inked by Murphy Anderson

— The 408-page hardcover is due May 11, 2021. It lists for $49.99.

— If I were to list a Mount Rushmore of Batman artists, it’d be Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, Marshall Rogers and big battle for the fourth spot. And the Flash doesn’t need a Mount Rushmore because Infantino is it.

— The cover is from 1968’s DC Special #1, by the by.

— I like that the book doesn’t just play with the Silver Age. Infantino’s Golden Age and Bronze Age work is also represented.

— Standard caveat: This has not been solicited by DC yet, so nothing is official until it’s official. Even then, things can change. Just keep coming to 13th Dimension for updates.


— CARMINE INFANTINO’s Greatest BATMAN Covers — RANKED. Click here.

— CARMINE INFANTINO’s 13 Greatest FLASH Covers — RANKED. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I’d add Jim Aparo to your Mount Rushmore list.
    Carmine Infantino’s art is timelessly classic & so breathtakingly crisp. I feel his artistry is taken for granted in lots of ways & he doesnt get the kudos he so rightly deserves. This collection is long overdue & it hurts to have to wait so long……

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  2. Mount Rushmore of Batman artists: Dick Sprang, David Mazzucchelli, Darwyn Cooke, Tim Sale

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  3. Take my money now! For years, I’ve been wanting DC to publish creator centric collections. Hopefully, this will be a quality publication.

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    • I think the publishers should publish creator centric runs. Throw out the idea everything needs to be connected. Let the artist and writer tell their stories. …..and, I’ll be getting this book too. Carmine is a giant for sure. His talent was wasted behind the desk as an executive.

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  4. I noticed that the cover states Volume 1; hopefully that’s a good sign!

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  5. PERFECT TIMING, I’d say! 🙂

    THE SILVER AGE OF CARMINE INFANTINO webinar via NY Adventure Club this Wednesday, August 5 @ 3pm EST:

    If DC Comics was the Cadillac of comic book publishers at the dawn of The Silver Age of Comics (circa 1956-70), then artist Carmine Infantino was their man at the wheel: his slick, streamlined style was the sine qua non of The Silver Age!

    His delineation of the first true Silver Age superhero, super-speedster The Flash, and Infantino’s two-dimensional depictions of speed and motion—among many graphic innovations Infantino developed during his eleven-year run on the strip—remain benchmarks in the comic book medium.

    Science-fiction landscapes and motifs received Infantino’s signature stylization in his concurrent, memorable run on DC’s interplanetary hero Adam Strange. With his more down-to-earth Batman, whom he redesigned for the 1960s (clearing the runway for the runaway success of the 1966 television series), Infantino earned his place in the pantheon of definitive Batman artists.

    So come join New York Adventure Club and comic book art historian Arlen Schumer (author/designer, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) as he presents an overview of Infantino’s illustrious Silver Age career, dynamically displaying his comic book panels, pages and covers so that you’ll feel like you’re seeing them for the first time!

    TIX: nyadventureclub.com

    *CAN’T make the webinar LIVE? Buying a ticket lets you watch a RECORDING of it for a week AFTER!

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  6. It really should include the Batman story they left out of the Batman by Infantino volume!

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  7. Mount Rushmore of Batman Artists; Dick Sprang, Marshall Rogers, Carmine Intantino and whoever signed Bob Kane’s name to Batman #4 with The Joker’s Crime Circus (I think it might have been Kane hugely helped by Jerry Robinson and Dick Sprang).

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    • Rex the Wonder Dog, but no Adam Strange? Seriously?

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  8. Flash Mt. Rushmore has to include Novick, in my world.

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  9. I second the nomination of Jim Aparo for the fourth spot on the Batman Mount Rushmore!

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