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classic Heaviest Man Alive cover
classic Heaviest Man Alive coverWhen it comes to the Flash, there are certain covers from the Infantino years that every fan of the title knows like the backs of their hands. The "Heaviest Man Alive" is one of those iconic designs that has become part of Sultan of Speed lore, and as a result, demands impressive prices on the marketplace. Much has been made about Carmine Infantino's penchant for depicting motion, a skill that made him a perfect fit for the Flash, and he took advantage of this talent over and over again to the pleasure of the rabid fanbase this title built up during the Silver Age. DC issues from this era are notably hard to find in high grades, so even mid and lower-grade copies draw attention when they arrive on the market.
High School of Art & Design alum Carmine Infantino got his start in the industry working Timely, a precursor to Marvel Comics, where he would do spot work on anthology features, in his first work at DC he helped create Black Canary and began his long-running involvement with the Flash during his Golden Age era, as well as illustrating the original Green Lantern. After the post-war comic book slump Infantino collaborated with writer Robert Kanigher and editor Julius Schwartz to help bring back superheroes and launch the Silver Age by updating the Flash in the pages of Showcase, the reboot was a huge success and led to the superhero rebirth that has continued into the modern day, Infantino's ability to capture speed and movement on a page made his Flash believable and engaging. Carmine was promoted to Art Director and then Publisher at DC over the course of his illustrious career,
Joe Giella is an American comic book artist best known as a DC Comics inker during the late 1950s and 1960s Silver Age of comic books. Giella's career began in the 40's at Hillman and later working with C.C. Beck on Captain Marvel stories at Fawcett. He would also assist on Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and other stories at Timely. It was the Silver Age where he would come to his most prominence, working at DC on many of their biggest titles, including Batman, Green Lantern and Strange Adventures, working often with artist Carmine Infantino.