Alex Toth was the master craftsman of comics. He was outspoken, gifted, studious, prolific, and uncompromising. He drew a lot and he said a lot—more than we can comfortably fit into our upcoming three books devoted to this great artist. But we can share some of that additional material with you in this space, so—here is our latest in a series of Talkin’ Toth:
ALEX ON SWORDFIGHTING ON THE ZORRO TV SHOW from a 1958 letter –
This week’s TV Guide—Guy Williams Catalano tells of his dad teaching him the art of foil and saber from Guy’s seventh summer. What hokey tripe…he’s a clumsy ox afoot…and admitted to our editor that he’d fenced not a stroke prior to Freddie Cavens’ first lesson at the Disney lot gym… [Fred Cavens was Errol Flynn’s old fencing master at Warner Brothers.]
Britt Lomond (Monastario) was always the better blade…
The above, Guy and Britt, costumed, will fence in person at Disneyland this weekend…restaging their TV duels for the hot dog crowd.
Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth will be on sale in early April.
A page from “Zorro’s Secret Passage” (© 2011 Zorro Productions Inc.)