One cannot overstate Alex Toth’s significance to comics and animation art. In comic books he was the 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. Produced with the cooperation of Toth's family, this ambitious three-volume series is the definitive statement on the restless genius and timeless legacy of Alex Toth.
Alex Toth : Genius, Isolated
By Dean Mullaney and Bruce
Introduction by Mark Chiarello
WINNER OF THE 2012 HARVEY AWARD FOR BEST BIOGRAPHY
"Genius, Isolated is…an astounding achievement. Through thoroughly researched text and a gob-smackingly great selection of visuals, Mullaney and Canwell have done what the best biographers should: Both illuminate their subjects life and decisively show what, precisely, made him worthy of their (and our) attention. This book is, for me, a game-changer: The first (literally) expansive visual biography of a classic comic book artist that manages to show and tell just what made the man and the work. Anyone with an interest in the medium should own and study this book. It’s one of those." —Dan Nadel, The Comics Journal
"This isn't just a home run. It's a grand slam....Simply brilliant. It is a 'must read' for anyone serious about comics." —Jeff Vaughn, Fandom Advisory Network
"This massive coffee-table
biography-cum-compilation makes a compelling argument for Toth's
stature through its painstakingly researched text and copious
visual examples that demonstrate his masterful illustration,
graphic economy, and elegantly powerful design sense. Crucially, it
reprints many complete stories-most shot from the original
artwork—permitting full appreciation of his commanding
Created by the Eisner Award-winning team of
Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, who produced the ground-breaking
Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel
Sickles—Genius, Isolated is a lavishly
illustrated book that includes the first biography of this giant
figure. The book has been compiled with complete access to the
family archives, and with the full cooperation of Toth's children.
To flesh out the complete story of his life and art, Mullaney and
Canwell have spent more than two years conducting wide-ranging
interviews with Toth's peers, friends, and family members. This is
the beginning of a comics biography everyone will be talking about
for years to come.
In addition to art and photographs from the family, Toth fans and friends throughout the world have loaned original artwork reproduced in the entire series. Included are many examples of Toth's art, from twenty-one complete stories to rare pages, as well as—incredibly—a previously unknown, unfinished, and unpublished penciled story from the 1950s! The tome covers his earliest stories at DC in the 1940s, his defining work at Standard, his incomparable Zorro comics in the 1950s, and a special section collects—for the first time—the Jon Fury pages that Toth produced while in the army, a section that alone is worth the price of admission.
Genius, Isolated details Toth’s life story and work through the early 1960s, when he began his sensational move into animated cartoons. The second book in the series, Genius, Illustrated, continues the story.
Oversized 9.5" x 13" hardcover, 328 pp. with bibliography, $49.99.
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Alex Toth : Genius, Illustrated
By Dean Mullaney and Bruce
"This book…presents the greatest artwork from the greatest period of the life of one of the most incomparable cartoonists of our time. Mullaney and Canwell tell the story of Alex Toth's life in fascinating detail while also presenting what seems like a nearly infinite number of classic Toth masterworks in this book. Anyone who enjoyed 2011's Genius Isolated, from the same writers and publishing house, knows the quality of material to expect from its sequel. Those readers will squeal with joy to see that this new book is the equal of its predecessor. Genius Illustrated is immaculate. The generosity of artistic material in this book knows no bounds, and the quality of the biographical material is absolutely unparalleled in comics scholarship." —Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
"The amount of material collected in Genius, Illustrated is bordering on the ridiculous. Being an Alex Toth aficionado has been extremely difficult over the years—the majority of his work in comics is out of print, or was never even collected…Between the first and second volumes of The Life and Art of Alex Toth is the definitive collection of his art." —John Parker, Comics Alliance
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 book features artwork
and complete stories from Toth's latter-day work at Warren, DC
Comics, Petersen, Marvel, and his own creator-owner
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
Oversized 9.5" x 13" hardcover, 352 pp. with bibliography, $49.99.
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Born in New York City in 1928, Alex Toth attended what is now the School of Visual Arts and broke into the comic book field as a teenager. During his sixty-year professional career, he became known as the "artists' artist"—he became very much like his great hero, Noel Sickles—the guy all the others wanted to draw like. In the 1960s he entered the animation field and became equally well-known and respected for his groundbreaking designs for Space Ghost and The Herculoids, among other series.
"With Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles, IDW Publishing's Library of American Comics imprint redefined the standards for art retrospective books. Now Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell have upped the ante with Genius, Isolated, the first volume of three comprising their comprehensive new biography The Life And Art Of Alex Toth. Buy it now."
"What Mullaney and
Canwell have done here is nothing short of wonderful. They've
presented a well chosen selection of the first full decade of
Toth's career, arguably his most creative period, in a beautifully
designed volume that conveys the artist's evolution - an
astonishingly brief transition that happened in barely five years -
from talented beginner to absolute master."
—Howard Chaykin The Los Angeles Review of Books
"Toth's "legacy, with this project, [is] no longer isolated from its natural audience." Canwell creates "a vivid, living portrait of Toth… Moreover, [he] knows the milieu and history of comics inside and out. The Golden Age and subsequent two decades are brought movingly and nostalgically to life.…
"Mullaney's selection of art is just phenomenal. He picks out key sample pages from all aspects of Toth's career, as well as deciding which crucial stories to reprint in their entirety."
—Paul Di Filippo, Barnes and Noble Review