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TREASURES RETOLD The Lost Art of Alex Toth

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TREASURES RETOLD The Lost Art of Alex Toth

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Our Highest Recommendation. By Alex Toth. A companion to the three-time Eisner-winning Alex Toth: Genius series, this blockbuster collection is full of rarely seen stories and new, recently found artwork by the legendary artist. Included are complete stories from the 1950s and beyond, most in FULL COLOR, recently discovered color animation storyboards and presentation drawings, sketches and doodles, rare early promotional comics, and individual pages from obscure comics and magazines. It's a treasure trove of beautifully reproduced, mostly never-before-collected work that makes for a great read with all manner of genres, from western to sci-fi to adventure fantasy.

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A companion to the three-time Eisner-winning Alex Toth: Genius series, this blockbuster collection is full of rarely seen stories and new, recently found artwork by the legendary artist. Included are complete stories from the 1950s and beyond, most in FULL COLOR, recently discovered color animation storyboards and presentation drawings, sketches and doodles, rare early promotional comics, and individual pages from obscure comics and magazines. It's a treasure trove of beautifully reproduced, mostly never-before-collected work that makes for a great read with all manner of genres, from western to sci-fi to adventure fantasy.

It's great to see the art, but considering this is Alex Toth, it's even more important to see the full stories. Toth excelled at storytelling, at innovative, powerful panels that were designed to move the narrative forward. To engage the reader. To reduce the artwork to just what was most effective, not get bogged down in detail for the sake of detail.

So this is especially satisfying, with one story after another, so you can see just how he pulled this off. We start with his earliest romance and adventure comics: pencilled for Warren Tuft's inks, nearly two months of Casey Ruggles dailies from 1950: "I Struck it Rich" from Personal Love #11, 1951;"The Fishermen of Space" from Weird Thrillers #2, 1951; "Dark of the Moon" from Buster Crabbe #2, 1954; "I Do" from Lovers #67, an Atlas title, 1955. There's two more Atlas romance stories, "Air Power" from the Prudential Insurance Company, 1956; and a killer (figuratively, anyway) Stan Lee tale, "His Back to the Wall," from Western Gunfighters #24, 1957.

And that's just the first handful of features. Toth talks about his work for Dell Comics; we get the entire issue of The Land Unknown, Dell Four Color #845 from1957; four vignettes from 77 Sunset Strip; a Frogmen story from 1963, "Rockets and Range Riders" from the Richfield Oil Company; Toth talks about working for Hanna-Barbera; Dino Boy in the Lost Valley storyboards, 1966. Hot Wheel Kids, 1970; two stories from Red Circle Sorcery, 1974; a Space Ghost story, written by Mark Evanier, from TV Stars #3, 1978; a gorgeous full page, full color piece, "This Pencil for Hire," advertising page with script and colors by the famous Rowland B. Wilson.

And much, much more. Oversized, 296 10x13 pages.

Alex Toth's significance to comics and animation art cannot be overstated. During his career, he was the comic industry's foremost proponent of modern design and composition. Starting in 1950, his work influenced almost every one of his contemporaries, and has continued to work its magic on the generations that followed. In animation, his 1960s model sheets for Hanna-Barbera are still passed around as swipe sources from animator to young animator in the 21st Century.

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Item Code TRERH
Publisher IDW
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781684054121
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 10x13
# Pages 296pg
Color Partial Color
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