Friday, April 5, 2013

RIP Carmine Infantino / The Vampire Maker!

THOIA honors the passing of comic legend, Carmine Infantino, with an encore presentation of his stunningly horrific vampire classic from the December 1952 issue of Adventures into Weird Worlds #13, originally posted here back in Sept 2008 --be sure to click HERE for the scary sequel to this Atlas story when you're done!

Carmine Infantino May 24th, 1925 - April 4th, 2013


Karswell said...

FYI: We'll get back to our Giant Monster Month in the next post.

Mestiere said...

Wow, that was great!

I wouldn't have recognized Infantino's art. I still remember his art style from his work on The Flash comics.

Poor misunderstood synthetic vampire. He actually killed other vampires, like Angel. He was like Dexter, a serial killer who kills other serial killers. A concept ahead of it's time.

The story became an indictment of lynching. Too bad that the mob made the exact same mistake in the sequel. What I don't understand is why the vampire's robot protector got into politics and was elected mayor!

Brian Barnes said...

Top quality Atlas stuff, as always.

It does hang on some pretty loose logic, we have the scientist saying things like "the whole world will kneel before me" and "synthetic vampire" which I think would set any of us off to get the torches and pitchforks, instead of simply explaining himself.

And, of course, in the second one, the monster can talk, but refuses to do so! And refuses to point out the mayor is a robot! Yeesh!

Can you blame the town folks?

Suspend disbelief, which is perfectly fine, and they are great, well paced, and well illustrated tales. We lost another great one this week.

Dr. Theda said...

It is a shame that he is now gone ... He was one of those who helped form the concept of "super hero" comics... I had him sign a "Posion Ivy" card for me some years back... He was the mind that "created" her...

Keir said...

I knew his work on Batman in the 1960s; wouldn't have recognised this either.
"First Hungary- then the world!!!"

Mr. Cavin said...

Aw, that sucks. Rest in peace, Carmine.

(PS, this ish has a seriously awesome Bill Everett cover, too. What art excellence all around!)

Mykal said...

What a magnificent piece of work. The vampire here is just amazing. So absolutely unique and devastating. I fitting tribute, Sir. Well done.