Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur
Edited by Jim Amash and Eric Nolen-Weathington
Published by TwoMorrows
This long form interview with classic comics illustrator and one-time DC Comics publisher Carmine Infantino will be of interest, primarily, to Infantino and DC fans. It’s a solid piece, covering the full breadth of Infantino’s career, which means that it’s also skimpy in places as the interviewer (Amash) and interviewee race to the next big moment.
Fortunately, Infantino had many big moments, from being among the last artists to draw the Golden Age Flash to designing and drawing the seminal adventures of the Silver Age Flash, from reworking Batman during the 1960s to overseeing DC Comics during the early days of the direct market. Infantino’s not shy with his opinions, particularly at the end as regards the current state of superhero comics and the fates of his creations Barry Allen (death and rebirth are covered) and Ralph Dibny.
Ultimately, it’s not quite essential reading, but for fans of this dynamic artist or readers interested in the span of comics history he represents, Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur provides plenty of interesting stories and insights into one man’s working methods, perspective on his career and evolving feelings regarding the industry itself.