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Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth Hardcover – May 10, 2011
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The narrative covers Toth's personal and professional life in an interesting, informative, and honest manner, much like the personality of the man himself, but without the tantrums. Revelations include interview text from his 3rd wife, who prior to this was silent on the subject of her ex, new details on marriage numbers one and two of the four Toth had, and greater anecdotal detail from Toth's peers at DC, Standard, Western, and Cambria than I have previously read in various magazines.
Reprinted stories include collector's gold standards from Toth's early career, including original pages with notations, edit marks, etc. There is also even a never before seen story from the late '50s, giving us a look at the master's pencils from his prime, which is a rare sight indeed.
This is volume 1 of a 3 volume series, which will cover Toth's animation work, and '60s-'90s work, which remained amazingly strong. While saying "I can't wait!" for the next 2 volumes is literally incorrect, I'm tempted to do so, because although I CAN wait, I sure don't want to!
Some minor quibbles:
An index would have been helpful. It's tough to flip through a tome this size in search of a half-remembered reference to this person or that job without an index.
A timeline would also clarify things. The narrative necessarily jumps around a bit, following different threads, so a chronological list of key events would have helped readers keep it all straight. When and how many times did Toth move between California and New York? Etc.
The authors include many irrelevant details. They forgo a thorough list of Toth's influences, skipping undersung greats like Emil Gershwin, but about other influences they include details irrelevant to Toth's development.Read more ›
Of particular interest in this volume are several examples of Toth's romance comics work which are truly a revelation. Never one to simply hack it out, Toth obviously threw himself into the genre, producing some mini-masterpieces.
This is not by any means simply a collection of stories by Toth. There are several complete stories included, but the editors wisely used this format judiciously and uses the space to give us a sample of many more Toth takes on characters and genres. (These appetizers have moved me to re-acquire Toth's Zorro work as well as add the upcoming volume collecting Toth's Standard Comics work to my wishlist.)
I eagerly await Volumes II and III!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not what I expected. I wasn't familiar with Alex Toth but thought I'd check it out. Not my kind of art, but maybe someone else would like it. Frot that I go 2**. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Francois Elmaleh
Alex Toth's artwork has always been especially a favorite of mine. When I was animating on Super Friends I use to keep copies of the story boards done by Toth because they were so... Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Robert Alvarez
Of the numerous comic book and newspaper artist retrospectives I've read or own, this is probably my favorite. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Robert Blume
After I wrote a review on "Setting the Standard,comics by Alex Toth" that I ordered from Amazon.com, I now have something to say about "Genius Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex... Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Jonhayashi1
Anything with Toth in it is worth owning ... What a great book! This book is gorgeous. A balance of detail and design.Published on January 25, 2013 by Santos Sparky
While there have been many book rightfully celebrating the comic art genius of Alex Toth this is the most lavish and generous to date. Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by J. Cassara
While I believe this book gives nice details about Alex Toth's family life and the unfinished Toth story handed over to IDW's Dean Mullany is fine. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by The Dark Nebula
Will definitely pick up the other two! Looking forward to boxing them up in the slip case. ALEX was the best!Published on May 20, 2011 by Rick Goldschmidt