Alex Toth Gallery
NOTES TO THE GALLERY
- The art in the gallery is meant to be appreciated in all
its glorious detail. This means pages that are larger than your
screen and files which could take some time to load. Depending
on your connection, of course. Be patient, it's worth every byte.
- Generally speaking all the art in the gallery is quite scarce.
- "Dreamer's Return"
(complete story) should be new to most collectors. Previous bibliographies
have not listed this, it is a recent discovery. It is not spectacular
but unquestionably Toth. The inking is somewhat lacking as it
was most likely done by Bernard Sachs. Published in SECRET HEARTS
- "I Played With Fire"
(complete story) is from BOY LOVES GIRL #43. Very good art from
- "The Man Who Lived
Forever" (Splash) is from MYSTERY IN SPACE #1. A very
expensive book which means most collectors might not have seen
this. The art is very good but not as good as in other sci-fi
classics like: "Time Capsule From Tomorrow", "The
Brain Masters of Polaris", "Artist of Other Worlds"
and "Girl in the Golden Flower". Has not been reprinted
and it's unlikely that it ever will.
- "I Was King of the Moths"
is a Johnny Peril adventure. Alex has done three of them, each
one brilliant. The other stories are clever supernatural tales
which called for a subtle approach. This story is rather bland
but the art is really good and the giant moths make for good
imagery. First and only publication in SENSATION #108.
- Beginning in 1949 an increasing number of Alex' stories were
inked by other artists. His output rose but the quality began
to suffer. When he inked himself, though, the result were often
spectacular. He began to experiment, the Caniffesque style of
the early years was replaced with a more stylish approach. First
evidence were the busy "The Case of the Oily Worm"
and the equally detailed "Appointment In Paris" in
DANGER TRAIL #1. The next story "Toreador
From Texas" (page 2) for DANGER TRAIL #2 had a different
approach. Done with a Speedball lettering pen it is a very elegant
story. The surface has a cool quality, the action scenes are
highly stylized (a bull fight like a ballet). A classic. (More
Danger Trail pages will follow)
- Only part of the copies of 77 Sunset Strip #1066,
1106 and The Real McCoy's
#1071 have the one pagers presented
here. Most copies we've seen have ads instead. That makes these