I've heard it said that those who lay the path aren't the ones that get to walk it. When I look at the success of superhero films and television properties today, I can't help but think about the gaggle of veterans in the comic field that kept the industry buoyant well before it was as commercial as it is today. Although comics underwent a lucrative renaissance in the 60s and 70s, funny books—and the characters contained therein—weren't as celebrated as they are now. Consequently, the creators of the silver age didn't get treated with the same reverence as their modern-day successors, and it's a damn shame.
Carmine Infantino is at the top of the list of creators that need a little more of the limelight. Infantino was the beating heart of DC Comics throughout the silver age. In addition to serving as an editor for Marvel's distinguished competition, Infantino was also a powerhouse penciler. The video linked above features Infantino being interviewed during the peak of the silver age.