Short reviews of recent comics by Toth, Steranko, Swarte, Jodorowsky/Moebius, Brown and Tomine.
Archive for: Alex Toth
A review of “Setting the Standard”, Greg Sadowski and Fantagraphics’ complete collection of Alex Toth’s influential 1950s work for Standard Comics.
IDW’s first volume of their Alex Toth biography is visually gorgeous, but the text supports misconceptions about Toth and about the role of the artist in comics.
by James Romberger Since I am precisely the type of brutally obsessive yet overly sensitive observer that qualifies me to write for The Hooded Utilitarian, I am unable to ignore a few references I have seen online to my “fannish adoration” of the work of genius cartoonist Alex Toth. Answering them also gives me the [...]
by James Romberger In “Man of Rock,” Bill Schelly’s recent biography of Joe Kubert, the well-respected graphic novelist and former DC editor says that he and Alex Toth knew each other well from “way, way back” in the 1940s when they were teenaged cartoonists. Kubert is two years older than Toth, which may have seemed [...]
by James Romberger Fear and suspense can be effectively created by the inference of the unknown. What is shown can be less harrowing than what is implied and then forms in the imagination of the reader. The late cartoonist Alexander Toth disliked drawing explicit horror and violence in the style of E.C., what he called [...]
During our ominously metastasizing roundtable on R. Crumb’s Genesis, one of the big questions that kept coming up was about whether you should compare comics to other things. Is it fair to set comics next to your meatloaf and say, “You know — comics. Not so tasty”? Is it okay to put them on the [...]