The first time I was aware of Carmine Infantino’s work was his run on Marvel’s original line of Star Wars comics circa 1978. When I was a kid I actually hated his artwork, since it didn’t look “real” enough (he played pretty fast and loose with the details when it came to stuff like ships, droids, etc). Now, as an adult I appreciate how weird and stylized it is.
Years later I actually had him as a teacher for a semester at SVA. The only part of his class I remember was his playing Citizen Kane (with the sound off) and having us do sketches from it to improve our sense of composition. It was the only time in school I remember sketching from a movie instead of real life.