The Flash #316, 1982, DC Comics, Cover by Carmine Infantino.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its celebration and examination of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Eighties, the Bronze Age of Comics, when most of the Silver Age artists were fading away, but not without a final splash or two.
Cover artist Carmine Infantino is famous to Flash fans as the man who introduced the red-suited Flash in 1959, the moment most agree was the dawn of the Silver Age of Comics. He would go on to be DC’s Art Director for decades, guiding and designing the visual direction of covers.
At the end of his career, Carmine still had a few new Flash covers up his sleeve, including the clever cover of The Flash #316. The trade dress (cover title logo, issue number, price, etc.) is caught up and dragged along in the zig-zagging Flash’s super-speed slipstream and thrown askew.
It’s POP Retro Cover Of The Week that is a simple and brilliant concept, and a fitting bookend for the tail end of Infantino’s career.