90th anniversary of Alex Toth's birth

Contributed by: Tothfans on Mon, June 25, 2018 / 1:06am CDT

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Art by Alex Toth and image designed and provided by Eric Toth.

This year is the 90th anniversary of Alex Toth's birth.

What can be said about the man and his art that has not been already said? Born on June 25, 1928 in New York City, New York as Alexander "Alex" Toth, Toth's approach as an artist in comic books, storyboards and design set the bar that to this day other artists are deeply influenced by and strive for.

He did not simply "draw cartoons". Toth instead imbued a real vitality into his figures. Each figure he drew is entirely natural and unique. The "character" in each face look like the people around you. No figure looks "posed" and instead is drawn as if it captures some elusive essence of real life.

As a designer his facility was both influenced by mid-century design as well as display his own remarkable sensibilities. Rockets, weapons, vehicles, costumes, creatures, buildings and gadgets galore. Entire worlds on the page and on TV. It is seemingly beyond belief how he alone created such variety.

Toth set an extremely high standard. He was always honing, revising and refining his craft. He never got complacent. He never seemed self satisfied. He drove himself to continuously adapt and improve. He seemed to be in search of something elusive and perhaps even existential in his art. Was it simplicity? Was it clarity? Was it perfection? Whatever it was and is, is pure Alex Toth and uniquely human.

So in this 90th anniversary of his birth perhaps do yourself a favor and each day look at at least one piece of Toth’s art. Not as something to copy, but instead as something to remind yourself of the example he set; to observe, to study, to adapt, to improve, to strive, and to continuously seek that something elusive in your own life.

 


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George_A_ Reply to this message George_A_ on Tue, June 26, 2018 - 6:29 pm CDT ...

Happy 90th Birthday Mr. Toth!!