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


Oversized 9.5″ x 13″ hardcover, 328 pp. with bibliography. ISBN: 978-1-60010-828-0.



By Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell


Created by the Eisner Award-winning team of Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell, who produced the ground-breaking Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel SicklesGenius, Isolated is a lavishly illustrated book that includes the first biography of this giant figure. The book has been compiled with complete access to the family archives, and with the full cooperation of Toth’s children. To flesh out the complete story of his life and art, Mullaney and Canwell have spent more than two years conducting wide-ranging interviews with Toth’s peers, friends, and family members. This is the beginning of a comics biography everyone will be talking about for years to come.

In addition to art and photographs from the family, Toth fans and friends throughout the world have loaned original artwork reproduced in the entire series. Included are many examples of Toth’s art, from twenty-one complete stories to rare pages, as well as—incredibly—a previously unknown, unfinished, and unpublished penciled story from the 1950s! The tome covers his earliest stories at DC in the 1940s, his defining work at Standard, his incomparable Zorro comics in the 1950s, and a special section collects—for the first time—the Jon Fury pages that Toth produced while in the army, a section that alone is worth the price of admission.

Genius, Isolated details Toth’s life story and work through the early 1960s, when he began his sensational move into animated cartoons. The second book in the series, Genius, Illustrated, continues the story.

“Genius, Isolated is…an astounding achievement. Through thoroughly researched text and a gob-smackingly great selection of visuals, Mullaney and Canwell have done what the best biographers should: Both illuminate their subjects life and decisively show what, precisely, made him worthy of their (and our) attention. This book is, for me, a game-changer: The first (literally) expansive visual biography of a classic comic book artist that manages to show and tell just what made the man and the work. Anyone with an interest in the medium should own and study this book. It’s one of those.” —Dan Nadel, The Comics Journal

“This massive coffee-table biography-cum-compilation makes a compelling argument for Toth’s stature through its painstakingly researched text and copious visual examples that demonstrate his masterful illustration, graphic economy, and elegantly powerful design sense. Crucially, it reprints many complete stories-most shot from the original artwork—permitting full appreciation of his commanding storytelling.” —Gordon Flagg, Booklist

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