Setting the Standard: Comics By Alex Toth, 1952 - 1954 ( Art )

By: Toth, Alex; Edited By Greg Sadowski

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Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)


----------softcover, about 7.75 x 10.25 inches, a Near Fine copy, 427 + 5 pages, almost all comics are reproduced in colour, a super collection, ---"A massive anthology collecting one of the medium’s indispensable masters --Toth’s influence on the art of comic books is incalculable. As his generation was the first to grow up with the new 10-cent full-color pamphlets, he came to the medium with a fresh eye, and enough talent and discipline to graphically strip it down its to its bare essentials. His efforts reached fruition at Standard Comics, creating an entire school of imitators and establishing Toth as the “comic book artist’s artist.” Setting the Standard collects this highly influential body of work in one substantial volume. Toth began his professional career at fifteen in 1945 for Heroic Comics, but quickly advanced to superhero work for DC. Responding to the endless criticism of editor Sheldon Mayer and production chief Sol Harrison, the young artist strove toward a technique free of “showoff surface tricks, clutter, and distracting picture elements.” Simply put, he learned “how to tell a story, to the exclusion of all else.” --After falling out with DC in 1952, Toth moved west. He freelanced almost exclusively for Standard over the next two years, contributing classic work for its crime, horror, science fiction, and war titles. But perhaps most revelatory to the reader will be the romance collaborations with writer Kim Ammodt, Toth’s personal favorites. “I came to prefer them for the quieter, more credible, natural human equations they dealt with ? emotions, subtleties of gesture, expression, attitude.” --To explain his take on comics, Toth would quote such proverbs as “To add to truth distracts from it,” or “The beauty of the simple thing.” He employed these axioms “to make clear how universal this pursuit of truth, clarity, simplicity, economy, in all the arts and many other disciplines really is ? and has been for 6,000 years.” These and other observations regarding the comic book form will be collected in an essay based on Toth’s published and unpublished letters and interviews. Every page of Setting the Standard is restored to bring Toth’s unsurpassed graphics and page designs into full clarity, making this an essential edition for anyone with an appreciation of the art of graphic storytelling "---, ---contents include: Interview with Alex Toth from Graphic Story Magazine; My Stolen Kisses; Black Market Mary - Joe Yank; Be Mine Alone; My Empty Promise; Bacon and Bullets! - Joe Yank; Appointment with Love; Terror of the Tank Men; Shattered Dream!; The Blood Money of Galloping Chad Burgess; The Shoremouth Horror; Show Them How to Die; Murder Mansion; The Phantom Hounds of Castle Eyne; Peg Powler; Five State Police Alarm; I Married in Haste; Triumph Over Terror; The Invaders; Routine Patrol; Too Many Cooks; The Phantom Ship; Alice in Terrorland; The Hex Champ – The cover to Joe Yank 8; cover to Fantastic Worlds 6 - The Cosmic Terror; The Boy Who Saved The World; The Egg-Beater; Cover to Lost Worlds 6; Outlaws of Space; Smart Talk; Blinded by Love; The Crushed Gardenia; Undecided Heart; The House That Jackdaw Built; The Twisted Hands - Joe Yank; Sgt. McGurk Meets General Joe – the cover to Joe Yank 10; Seeley's Saucer; Free My Heart!; The Hands of Don José; No Retreat; I Want Him Back; "Geronimo" Joe; Man of My Heart; I Fooled My Heart; Stars in My Eyes; Uncertain Heart; Heart Divided; I Need You; The Corpse That Lived!; Chance for Happiness; My Dream Is You!; Grip on Life; Guilty Heart; Smart Talk; Ring on Her Finger; Frankly Speaking; The Mask of Graffenwehr; Heartbreak Moon; The Hole of Hell; Long on Love; Lonesome for Kisses; If You're New in Town; Those Drug-Store Romeos; Smart Talk; The Man Who Was Always on Time!; Images of Sand, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo

Title: Setting the Standard: Comics By Alex Toth, 1952 - 1954 ( Art )

Author Name: Toth, Alex; Edited By Greg Sadowski

Illustrator: Alex Toth

Categories: Humor & Comic Related,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Seattle, Washington, Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 2011, 1st Edition, First Printing: 2011

ISBN Number: 1606994085

ISBN Number 13: 9781606994085

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine (see description)

Inscription: Not Signed

Seller ID: 156146

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