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Update on Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth

Wed, February 26, 2014
By: Tothfans

I just contacted Dean Mullaney to get a quick update on "Genius, Animated: The Cartoon Art of Alex Toth".

In an interview given by Tom Spurgeon back in late December 2013, Dean mentioned that Bruce Canwell had recently turned in the final manuscript and that the next step was to collect together all the art and lay it out into the final book. No small feat.

Currently Dean is even re-working some layouts to including last minute submissions of more art. All this so the book can be the very best it can be.

Here is the write up from IDW's website. "Featuring never-before-seen work from Toth, Genius, Animated unearths a trove of lost treasures from the Hanna-Barbera archives. From character designs to storyboards, Toth helped shape favorites likeSpace Ghost, Shazzan, and Super Friends. This oversized extensive look at his legacy is accompanied by commentary from Toth himself as well as insights and observations from professionals throughout the animation industry."

"You can't overstate Alex Toth's influence on animation," says Dean Mullaney. "This book will stand as the definitive statement on his animation artwork."
As with the other books in the Harvey award winning series, biography, the attention to detail, reproduction and choice of art will make it an excellent volume to wrap it all up.

Soliciting now (Diamond order number FEB140355) for a May release.

Variant cover for The Fox #5 by Alex Toth

Tue, November 19, 2013
By: Tothfans

Archie comics Superhero brand Red Circle Comics recently brought back thier Superhero character "The Fox". Issue #5 will feature, ""...FIVE different variant covers, including one by legendary Fox artist Alex Toth."

Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid are bringing a fresh approach as well as paying homage to Toth's version of the character.


The Fox Number 5 Comic Book cover - Alex Toth

June 25 - Happy Birthday

Tue, June 25, 2013
By: totheri


Happy Birthday Dad! Your memory and legacy lives on!




Shel Dorf interview with Alex Toth

Thu, March 7, 2013
By: Tothfans

Here is an interview Shelf Dorf conducted with Alex Toth. Scan provided by John Hitchcock. Read the interview.




Some reviews of 'Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth'

Sat, March 2, 2013
By: Tothfans

Here are some reviews of "Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth". You can read the complete reviews by following the links.

"Now available from IDW Publishing and The Library of American Comics is Genius, Illustrated - the middle entry in a three volume project that examines the life and career of the undeniably great and simultaneously vastly unappreciated artist Alex Toth. Written and compiled by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, Genius, Illustrated gathers original comics pages, storyboards, animation model sheets, advertising art, correspondence, and sketchbook pages, and combines them with a detailed and touching biography to form the only truly definitive work on one of the most talented and quixotic men in comics history." Read more from John Parker at

"It may only be February, but we already have a very strong candidate for the best archival comics work of the year.

Following on from its 2011 companion Genius Isolated, Genius Illustrated tells the story of the second half of the life and career of perhaps comics' greatest iconoclast and its strongest advocate for the "less is more" school of comics art. This book spans the later years of Alex Toth's life, from 1957 to his death in 2006, and thus presents the greatest artwork from the greatest period of the life of one of the most incomparable cartoonists of our time." Read more from Jason Sacks at


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