Alex Toth : Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth


Oversized 9.5″ x 13″ hardcover, 352 pp. with bibliography. ISBN: 978-1-61377-024-5.



By Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell


Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell continue their comprehensive review of the life and art of Alex Toth in Genius, Illustrated. Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth’s poignant death in 2006, this oversized book features artwork and complete stories from Toth’s latter-day work at Warren, DC Comics, Petersen, Marvel, and his own creator-owner properties…plus samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others-as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other rarities provided through the cooperation of Toth’s family and his legion of fans. Two of Toth’s best stories are reproduced complete from the original artwork: “Burma Skies” and “White Devil…Yellow Devil.” A full-length text biography will chart the path from Toth’s increasingly-reclusive lifestyle to his touching re-connection to the world in his final years. Fans of comics, cartoons, and all-around great artwork revere Alex Toth. See why Genius, Illustrated—along with its companion volume, 2011’s Genius, Isolated—are praised as the definitive examination of the life and art of The Master, Alex Toth!

“This book…presents the greatest artwork from the greatest period of the life of one of the most incomparable cartoonists of our time. Mullaney and Canwell tell the story of Alex Toth’s life in fascinating detail while also presenting what seems like a nearly infinite number of classic Toth masterworks in this book. Anyone who enjoyed 2011’s Genius Isolated, from the same writers and publishing house, knows the quality of material to expect from its sequel. Those readers will squeal with joy to see that this new book is the equal of its predecessor. Genius Illustrated is immaculate. The generosity of artistic material in this book knows no bounds, and the quality of the biographical material is absolutely unparalleled in comics scholarship.” —Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin

”The amount of material collected in Genius, Illustrated is bordering on the ridiculous. Being an Alex Toth aficionado has been extremely difficult over the years—the majority of his work in comics is out of print, or was never even collected…Between the first and second volumes of The Life and Art of Alex Toth is the definitive collection of his art.” —John Parker, Comics Alliance

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