Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella The Flash
#117 Cover Original Art (DC, 1960).
The Silver Age of Comics
is generally considered to have begun with the first appearance of
the new Flash in Showcase
#4. This re-imagining of DC's
Golden Age superhero characters caught the attention of young comic
buyers, and suddenly what was considered a dying format was totally
revitalized. Every week, kids with dimes to spend were treated to
some of the most fantastic cover images ever, with each new issue
seemingly topping the one before. And for a very few selected fans
who sent in letters, a special prize was awarded, in the form of
original artwork. Imagine the thrill of opening up a package from
DC and finding something like this!
From the thirteenth issue of the series, artist Carmine Infantino
hit one out of the park with his depiction of Captain Boomerang,
about to kayo the Scarlet Speedster with one of his well-tossed
weapons. While the colors of the printed comic's cover really stood
out at the newsstand, seeing the fine pen and ink artwork in person
really is beyond comparison. From the speed lines emanating off the
Flash, to the crosshatched city skyline in the background, this one
is a real beauty. Apparently, DC enlarged the two figures slightly
for the final cover, as the original actually shows a bit more
detail in the outer edges than what finally appeared.
The art is in ink and graphite on DC/Sparta Bristol board, with an
image area of 12.5" x 18.5". The art has been professionally
conserved, and the Flash logo, issue number, and Comics Code
elements are all recent replacements. There is a minor amount of
wear on the board, with tack holes in the corners, and a whisper of
soiling visible throughout, but none of these distractions take
away from the main image area. We're calling this Very Good,
condition-wise, but the impact is definitely "excellent!"
Infantino, Carmine:(American, b. 1925) attended both the School of Industrial Arts and the Art Students League in New York City, and broke into comic books as the illustrator of Timely's Jack Frost feature in 1942. In 1946, he began working at DC, illustrating the Golden Age Flash, Green Lantern, the Black Canary, and Johnny Thunder. In the fifties Infantino's drawing style evolved into a streamlined, design-oriented style, said to have been influenced by artists Edd Cartier and Lou Fine. Perhaps Infantino's most celebrated work is his Silver Age version of the Flash, which he drew for eleven years, from 1956 -1967. During this peak period, he also drew the fan-favorite features Adam Strange, Batman, and the origin episode of Deadman. From the late sixties to the late seventies, Infantino served as the Editorial Director and then publisher of DC. He oversaw innovative new titles like Bat Lash, Captain Marvel, Hawk and Dove, Creeper, The Shadow, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Jack Kirby's Fourth World titles, and Joe Kubert's Tarzan comic books. Under his reign many artists became editors at DC for the first time. When Infantino was replaced as an executive at DC, he returned to the art board and drew features for Warren Publishing, Marvel, and DC.
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