Warren Ellis wrote:Deceleration, as the canyons become skyscraper-walled New York streets. We pass the office window that Alex Toth, who never drew a story worthy of his talent and today is known only to specialists in the medium, attempting to defenestrate editor Julius Schwartz because “Julie” refused to pause his lunchtime card-game to get Toth paid. Toth was another angry man of comics, a world-class artist who knew everything about storytelling except what made a good story. He was famous for his handwritten critiques of other artists: his destruction of comics artist Steve Rude (who spent a lot of time in the 80s doing Kirby pastiche work) got out into the wild a few years ago, and you can find it on the web fairly easily. It is at once a masterclass in storytelling intelligence — Rude is a wonderfully gifted illustrator, but storytelling isn’t his strong suit — and an appalling portrait of Alex Toth as an embittered intellectual sadist. Nothing he said was wrong, but he nonetheless manages to paint a picture of a man who would argue with his own breakfast over betrayals real or imagined. A man who hated “mature content” in modern comics, he is perhaps best known today for his original design of SPACE GHOST, who survives into the present as a parody show host.
Alan Moore once told me that, in conversation with Julie Schwartz, it has come up that schwartz, who started out as a literary agent during the pulp years, had met HP Lovecraft. As Alan retells it, he couldn’t help but ask Schwartz what Lovecraft was like. And Schwartz said, “y’know, when I met him, I said to myself, I gotta remember what this guy’s like because in fifty fuckin’ years Alan Moore’s gonna ask me.” Which, too, paints a picture of a man.
"Genius, Isolated" is the first of The Library of American Comics three volume biography of Alex Toth. We spoke with the book's author Bruce Canwell about the treasures readers can expect to find within its covers.
Dan Wickline wrote:Picked this up from Chris Samnee’s tumblr. I figured with all the talk about the new Fantastic Four casting, it would be fun to look back at the designs Alex Toth did for the 1967 Hannah-Barbera cartoon. ( from 1996’s Alex Toth: By Design, by Alex Toth & Darrell McNeil.)
Here is the write up from IDW's website. "Featuring never-before-seen work from Toth, Genius, Animated unearths a trove of lost treasures from the Hanna-Barbera archives. From character designs to storyboards, Toth helped shape favorites likeSpace Ghost, Shazzan, and Super Friends. This oversized extensive look at his legacy is accompanied by commentary from Toth himself as well as insights and observations from professionals throughout the animation industry."
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