Following up on last week’s Ditko online lecture…
Carmine Infantino is on my personal Mount Rushmore of Batman artists and one of the most important architects of the DC Universe.
Well, guess what — we have some lockdown entertainment for you: Arlen Schumer’s The Silver Age of Carmine Infantino webinar, hosted by the New York Adventure Club, on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 12:30 p.m., following last week’s similar presentation on Steve Ditko.
Here’s the official info:
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.
Though he had drawn for many comic book publishers since he was a teenager in the 1940s — the Golden Age of Comics — Infantino’s style fully matured at DC Comics by the mid-’50s, and made him their premiere artist, earning the title with his absolutely modern delineation of the first true Silver Age superhero, super-speedster the Flash in 1956. His 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.
His striking and successful cover designs for Batman and a myriad of DC titles led to Infantino being named DC’s art director in 1967, then subsequently editorial director and finally publisher of DC Comics — the first artist ever to attain such executive positions in the comic book industry — setting the style for the company and leading it into one of its most fertile, creative periods in history.
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, covering:
— Which famous Golden Age superhero influenced the design for Infantino’s first superhero of the Silver Age, the Flash!
— What Infantino had to give up, career-wise, in order to save Batman from cancellation!
— How Infantino became the first-ever artist to become the publisher of a major comic book company!
— And more!
Tickets are $10 a pop but here’s what’s cool: If you can’t make the two-hour webinar live, buying a ticket allows you to watch a recording of it for a week after. (Click here for tickets.)
And that’s not all — a webinar on Joe Kubert is planned for Thursday.
— DC Plans Hardcover Tribute to CARMINE INFANTINO. Click here.
— CARMINE INFANTINO: The Artist Who Rode the Lightning. Click here.