Heath artStories in this Super Special Giant Holiday issue include: "Vampirella: Lenore"; "A Matchstick Angel"; "Yellow Heat"; "The Christmas Flower"; "The Wambaugh"; "Little Monsters"; and "Sleeping Beauty." Written by Auraleon, Dick Giordano, Jose Gonzalez, Russ Heath, Carmine Infantino, Esteban Maroto, Jose Ortiz, and Ramon Torrents. Art by Bill DuBay, Bruce Jones, Budd Lewis, Roger McKenzie, and Esteban Maroto. This installment of Joe Brancatelli's column on comic books is about the law of diminishing returns. Cover art by Enrich Torres.
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,
Richard "Dick" Giordano was an American comics artist and editor whose long and prosperous career included introducing Charlton Comics' "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes and serving as executive editor of DC Comics. He worked on a wide range of titles over the years, including Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Action Comics among countless others. His style was very much in the Neal Adams mold, making him a popular go-to artist in the 70s and 80s.