Monday, March 18, 2013

Genius, Illustrated

Genius, Illustrated - The Life and Art of Alex Toth
Published by The Library of American Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing, San Diego.
Edited by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell. Hardcover, 13" x 10", 341 pages, $49.99.

This is a great book, especially if you're a fan of Alex Toth's work. It spans the period in Toth's career between Cambria Studios (1957 - 1965) and Hanna-Barbera, concluding with his death on May 27, 2006 at age 77.

There are tons of art samples (many shot from original art), including comic book art, private sketches, a comic strip done exclusively for The Hollywood Reporter, character designs, model sheets, storyboards, presentation art, family photographs, with many pages in full color, and riveting text laced with fascinating information and anecdotes from friends, co-workers and fans. Even if you knew Alex personally, there's plenty of new information and stories to be found in this hefty volume.

Many pages are devoted to Toth's private life and his relationship to his kids and other key players in his life. A very revealing and inspiring publishing achievement that all Toth fans will love.

-- Bob Foster

REQUEST FROM THE EDITOR of Genius, Illustrated

The Library of American Comics editor Dean Mullaney has produced two outstanding books on the art and life of Alex Toth entitled Genius, Isolated and Genius, Illustrated. Mullaney is currently at work on the third volume of the Toth series: Genius, Animated. It will focus on Toth's career in animation and Mullaney would like to hear from people in the animation business who worked with Toth, who might have some stories to tell, and who might have photographs or artwork suitable for inclusion in the forthcoming book.

If you'd be willing to be interviewed for the third volume, please contact Dean Mullaney at

The Library of American Comics, an imprint of IDW Publishing located in San Diego, CA, has published a series of comic art related books that include The Complete Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, The Complete Little Orphan Annie, The Complete Terry and the Pirates, and Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles.

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