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Happy Birthday Alex Toth!

Alex Toth on the state of comic books today: "Since I was born in 1928 -- and was just old enough to applaud the first comic books in the early and mid-1930's, I've witnessed the best and worst of the form ... The ugly, mean, vile, banal, twisted, sick, bloody celebration of torture, rape, cruelty, filth, demonic and socio-political psycho-babble -- and death -- is disgusting stuff to me -- and it's our youngest writers/ cartoonists/ editors cranking out this garbage! Which is sub-anti-human drek, devoid of original thought or of moral, ethical values -- it is hopeless fatalism, nihilism, anarchy, pointy-headed anti-everything gibberish -- and most of it dares to label itself 'adult' -- 'for mature readers' -- etc., etc. -- which is nonsense!"

Alex Toth was born June 25, 1928 in New York City. Since then, he's drawn everyone from the Atom to Zorro. Happy birthday Alex! Instead of cake, here's an animated page from Superman Annual #9 -- from pencils by birthday boy Alex Toth, to inks by Terry Austin, to colors by Tom Zuiko. And below, a beautiful two-page spread, also from Superman Annual #9, pencils by Alex Toth, inks by Austin, story by Elliot S! Maggin.


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GOLDEN, SILVER, MODERN
Toth Through The Ages!

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All-Star #41
HOS #67
Action #616


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HALL OF JUSTICE
Super Friends by Toth!

Toth began his career in comic strips and books, but is well-known for his animation designs for Hanna-Barbera throughout the 1960s and 70s. He is most often noted for his work on the "Jonny Quest," "Space Ghost" and "Super Friends" animated TV shows.

More Toth on the state of comic books today: "Much more 'adult and mature' are the stories no one can, or will, write about and illustrate: Joy, wonder, love honor, humor, wit, intelligence, invention, compassion, trust, respect, duty, character, sacrifice, sentiment, family, discovery, exploration, history, the myriad peoples, customs, and stories abounding out there in the world -- human stories!"



SUPER RACING ACTION
Hot Wheels by Toth!

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Hot Wheels #1
Hot Wheels #4
Hot Wheels #5


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JUST A SKETCH
Batman by Toth!

Today, Alex Toth's work can be seen on late-night, adult-themed Cartoon Network shows, including "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" and "Sealab 2021." Happy birthday to one of comicdom's beloved master designers! (Click on the Batman pic for a big version!)

More Toth on the state of comic books today: "The sick kick plagues comics everywhere, east to west, from Japan to England to Europe to here --(I don't know about our Southern Latin neighbors)-- we've had enough of desolation of spirit and shock to our senses. The comic book is, in the hands of today's worst practitioners and proselytizers of this mind-set, committing suicide! and murder! of its traditions, roots! It cannot stand -- As it is, it should not! A pox on it, and those who uglify children's minds and senses and expectations with their miasmic miserable muck and mayhem!"

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