Happy Birthday: Carmine Infantino
Flash Fact: Born in 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, Carmine Infantino might have been expected to go into music—his father was a musician, though he also worked as a plumber—but turned to art instead. While still in high school Infantino started working for Harry Chesler’s comic-book packager. Next he became an art assistant at Quality Comics. His first actual drawing job came at Timely Comics in 1942, where Infantino inked "Jack Frost" in USA Comics #3. After finishing high school Infantino continued to work for several places before finally landing a staff job at DC as the regular artist on the Golden Age Flash, Black Canary, Green Lantern, and the Justice Society of America.
He is probably best known for his work creating the second Flash, Barry Allen, and his distinctive red uniform. In 1967 Infantino became an art director at DC, and was promoted to editorial director a short while later. In 1971 he became publisher, but eventually left that position to go back to drawing on a freelance basis. He retired in 2005, though he still appears at comic book conventions. Infantino has won a National Cartoonists Society award and twelve Alley Awards, including a special Alley in 1969 for being the artist who “exemplifies the spirit of innovation and inventiveness in the field of comic art.”