Today, we have Bill Schelly’s obituary for Carmine Infantino:
In 1956, [Julius] Schwartz chose Infantino to pencil a tryout issue of a new version of the Flash. Working from a script by Robert Kanigher, Infantino’s pencils on “Mystery of the Human Thunderbolt!” in Showcase #4 (September-October 1956) achieved a new kind of superhero action, emphasizing design and movement, with a kinetic quality that was exhilarating. Infantino’s design for the retooled Flash — an all-red costume except for bits of yellow — was like a sleek, modern sports car. His visual conception, along with uncommonly mature stories by Robert Kanigher and John Broome, sold the reinvented character to the burgeoning number of baby boomers who were looking for something new and exciting. The success of the Flash led to the reinvention of Green Lantern and other Golden Age heroes at National/DC, which in turn inspired Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to create the Fantastic Four in 1961. Later comics historians would identify Showcase #4 as the kick-off for what came to be called the Silver Age of comics.
Elsewhere on the internet, as we wait for the deluge of MoCCA fest reports. (I went Saturday. It seemed much improved in terms of organization, I met up with various people I like to see, & I got some interesting-looking comics I haven’t read yet. Otherwise, I didn’t get a strong sense of how the people at tables felt about the show.)
—Peter Bagge was interviewed by Reason:
Which alerted me to the fact that somehow I missed that Bagge had reviewed the new Al Capp biography.
—Tom Spurgeon, who was in fine form at MoCCA, has interviewed one of the other big ’90s humor cartoonists, Bob Fingerman.
—The CBLDF has named the new members of their advisory board.
—Lilli Carré has a new Tumblr I don’t understand, but in a different way than the other people’s Tumblrs I don’t understand.
—And people are still writing long stories about Bill Watterson keeping to himself.