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COMMENTS: Carmine Infantino pencils/Joe Giella inks; page 4; 2004; image size 10" x 15.25"
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Carmine Infantino pencils/Joe Giella inks; page 4; 2004; image size 10" x 15.25"Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella collaborated on "Batman of Two Worlds" from DC Comics Presents: Batman #1, the comic was one of eight one-offs published in tribute to beloved DC Editor Julius "Julie" Schwartz after his passing in 2004. The plot involves the Dynamic Duo investigating a murder involving two actors that portray Batman and Robin on television, which turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by the dastardly Clayface to lure the superheroes into his clutches. The throwback style employed is a sly inside joke by Infantino and Giella who originally illustrated the cover to Batman #183, which was the inspiration for this book's cover. The two industry veterans do a bang up job showcasing the tried-and-true skills that they honed over the decades to pay homage to their friend in this interesting page from a special comic in the DC catalog. Pen and ink. Art is in excellent condition. Signed by Pope.
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.