My brilliant son and heavy duty comics fan Andy alerted me to Part One of an outstanding analysis of Alex Toth and his work by Jesse Hamm. I found his essay extremely perceptive and illuminating.
Here’s the link:
Alex and I were friends back in the day. We usually turn up together in early 1970s photos of Los Angeles comic art professional (and fan) gatherings.
In my beginning comic book years, it was my dream to work with three comic book professional giants: Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner and Alex. In the late 1980s I offered Alex a great job that would have allowed for a terrific collaboration between us but he passed on it.
Well, two out of three’s not bad (I worked with Harvey on Little Annie Fanny and a number of other projects and inked an Eisner Spirit cover for Will)!
Plus, it was my good fortune to work with comics greats Russ Manning, Al Williamson, Will Elder, Jack Kirby and Jean “Moebius” Giraud, so I ain’t complaining!