Carmine Infantino broke into comics in the 1940s, drawing such diverse characters as The Flash and Black Canary. He stuck with the industry through the dry spell of the late '40s and early '50s, then hit it big when the "Silver Age" brought super-heroes back BIG TIME. He helped usher in this monumental shift in popular culture when he helped re-design The "modern" Flash in SHOWCASE #4.
In 1967 Carmine Infantino was part of another famous re-design: the "modern" Batgirl was created to appear on the TV series, so DC took the then-out-of-date character and re-created her. Mr. Infantino provided the visuals.
In 1967 Mr. Infantino was promoted to Executive Director. He immediately set out to make all of DC's covers more dynamic and exciting. He hired new editors and writers to try to shake DC out of its funk; most famously, he lured Jack Kirby to DC from Marvel. In 1971 he was promoted to Publisher.
In 1976 he left DC, going (literally) back to the drawing board. He returned to freelance work, doing mostly Marvel titles (such as STAR WARS and NOVA) for several years. Then he returned to DC, doing THE FLASH and SUPERGIRL, among other titles.
Good-bye, Mr. Infantino!
Rest In Peace,
May 24, 1925 ~ April 4, 2013