Los Angeles: Carmine Infantino, the influential comic book artist and editor, has died. He was 87.
During a five-decade career, he drew for DC, Marvel and others, and was most notable for co-creating the Silver Age version of The Flash and redesigning Batman`s look in the 1960s, reported Digital Spy.
Infantino, who was born and raised in New York City, was appointed editorial director of DC in the late 1960s, bringing Jack Kirby to the company in 1970 from Marvel.
He also served as DC`s publisher for five years during the 1970s, and went on to work on the first DC/Marvel crossover title Superman vs The Amazing Spider-Man: The Battle of the Century.
Infantino was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in the year 2000, and remained a regular at conventions long after his retirement.
DC Entertainment`s president Diane Nelson led tributes to Infantino, saying, "The entire DC Entertainment family is saddened by the loss of Carmine Infantino. His contributions to the comics industry and to DC Comics in particular are immense and impossible to quantify.
"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans during this difficult time."
Comic artist Jim Lee described Infantino as "a legend", saying, "His influence, reach and impact is humbling and will always live on."
"There are few people in this world that have had as much of an impact on the industry as Carmine. He bridged both the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, shepherding in some of the most successful periods in our history and setting the course of our characters that is still seen today. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will remain forever," Infantino`s colleague Dan DeDio added.