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Sunday, May 28, 2006 |
( 5/28/2006 06:48:00 AM ) Bill S.
FADING INTO THE BLACK – Read on Johnny B.'s site that comics great Alex Toth has passed away. First became aware of Toth's art in Warren's Creepy and Eerie magazines back in the sixties, and I have to admit that the first few times I saw his work, I wasn't sure what to make of it. So many of the Warren artists – EC vets so many of 'em – worked in an ornately detailed style (think Reed Crandall, with all that fine-lined shading), where Toth went for simplicity and big black strokes. I grew to love the man's way of telling a comics story over time, though, as have the scores of young artists who have sensibly taken from him much as Toth himself took from Milton Caniff. Think I'll pull out one of the old Warren books this weekend . . .