Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth

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Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell continue their comprehensive review of the life and art of Alex Toth in Genius, Illustrated. Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth''s poignant death in 2006, this oversized 9.5" v 13" book features artwork and complete stories from Toth''s latter-day work at Warren, DC Comics, Red Circle, Marvel, and his own creator-owned properties, plus samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others, as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other ...
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Overview

Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell continue their comprehensive review of the life and art of Alex Toth in Genius, Illustrated. Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth''s poignant death in 2006, this oversized 9.5" v 13" book features artwork and complete stories from Toth''s latter-day work at Warren, DC Comics, Red Circle, Marvel, and his own creator-owned properties, plus samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others, as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other rarities provided through the cooperation of Toth''s family and his legion of fans.
Two of Toth''s best stories are reproduced complete from the original artwork: "Burma Skies" and "White Devil... Yellow Devil." A full-length text biography will chart the path from Toth''s increasingly-reclusive lifestyle to his touching re-connection to the world in his final years. Fans of comics, cartoons, and all-around great artwork revere Alex Toth. See why Genius, Illustrated - along with its companion volume, 2011''s Genius, Isolated - are being praised as the definitive examination of the life and art of The Master, Alex Toth.
Volume 2 of a definitive three-volume series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613770245
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 702,404
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 13.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    WOW! I've waited 9 months since I tried to order this book from

    WOW! I've waited 9 months since I tried to order this book from Barnes and Noble in June 2012 and after an exausting wait I finnaly was able to get Barnes and Noble to order it the first friday of March 2013 and I picked it up Wednesday the next week! GENIUIS ILLUSTRATED: THE LIFE AND ART OF ALEX TOTH, is an enormous, detailed, compelling read that descibes the talent, frustrations and discoveries of a complex and very creative fine art cartoonist, ALEX TOTH! My atraction to this book had to do with my interests in animation but after reading the text I felt I was feeling Mr. Toth's pain of losing his wife Guyla who he met working for Joe Barbera at Hanna and Barbera. She had brought so much joy to his life and when she died it broke his heart! Alex's mother died years later and that led him to isolate himself from the world for most of the last years of his life. The book describes his relationships with his children from previous marriages. This book suceeds to bring together examples of Mr. Toth's comicbook artwork from many sources , which must have caused copyright issues that together with so many recollections from fans of Alex must have caused the long delays in publishing this book! Since my mother died Sept 2, 2012 at age 91 I can relate to Alex's despair! Alex Toth illustrated comic book versions of tv shows that included Rod Serlings TWILIGHT ZONE, 77 SUNSET STRIP, ZORRO and others. Theres a cover picture for a DRAGNET comic that did not get made. Less known short stories, such as BOY OF THE PACIFIC with a native boy on a pacific island who cam communicate with under sea life, are beautifully illustrated and in great close ups Toth shows the disgust that Lambu the native leader feels at having to take both the native boy and an old man with him to show that the Monauns wellcome the people of Wandi.Ahen Lambu accidently fell into the ocean from the boat the native boy rescued him by telling the sharks to leave him alone!Toth's simplicity in detail and choices in camera angles and composition tell the tale beautifully! The TWILIGHT ZONE tale Toth illustrated called the CAPTIVE has an arrogant store manager,Mr. Gruber who bullies his female employees in the toy department until Billy the Kid and Wild Bill Hickok of the old west decide to teach him some manners and it is revealed they were the toy figures in the store display and Mr. Gruber has been turned into one himself for his punishment! Because Alex Toth was great at showing human emotion in both face and body attitudes he would get assignments like this! Since I've made my own hand drawn animations I appreciate the 1960s cartoons Toth designed the charcters for! The book shows that Alex was not enthusiastic about Space Ghost and Herculoids but Alex put great , imaginative character designs into thease shows and they are fun adventure cartoons that show a love for adventure comics! I own the 1960s Alex Toth Hanna Barbera cartoons on dvd! Toth really helped Hanna Barbera make the best cartoons of their company! Many later ones went down in quality! After Alex left HB studios he went back to comic books and examples such as SURFSIDE SAGA and DRAGULA sho he could do goofy, exaggerated comic drawing with as much flair as his adventure drama realism! His WHITE DEVIL YELLOW DEVIL strip panels show great use of black and white in telling a war tragedy! I recommend getting both SETTING THE STANDARD and THE WITCHING HOUR for full examples of Toth's artistry in telling story!

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