Friday, February 16, 2007

Alex Toth '59






Illustrated adventure by Alexander Toth, and available at the nearest Variety Store!

In 1959.






I'm not sure if the cover art is by Alex, but it's pretty nice. I got very lucky when I picked up this copy for $3.95 a few years ago in a local bookshop.






I'll post more illustrations from the book in the next few weeks.

7 comments:

richtuzon said...

beauty, eh. Thanks for sharing, Vin.

max said...

They're two awesome compositions (and isn't that sheriff Slim Pickens?).

Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

awesome--such great draftsmanship-thanks for sharing!

brian postman said...

thanks for those,buddy....by the way,im 99% sure the cover is by another artist....i read it somewhere,but i dont remember where!...best,brian...

Vince M said...

I've always wondered why Toth didn't go for mainstream assignments in publications like Reader's Digest, Esquire, etc...
He certainly had the talent to pull it off, yet he toiled away for most of his career in comic books.

Can you imagine seeing movie posters created by Toth, or print ads in magazines?

When I look at these illustrations I see a lot of Robert Fawcett influence.

If you want to see the best book ever on him try to locate a copy of: "Alex Toth', edited by Manuel Auad and published by Kitchen Sink. It's out of print and it will probably cost you plenty, but it will be a good education.

Brian's right about the cover, it's not Alex but it sure is well done. A perfect example from those long ago, gouache-soaked '50s.

Glad you enjoyed these pieces Rich, Max and Kim. Thanks for stopping by.

brian postman said...

by the way,vince....i do have an alex toth color cover painting (sort of).....it was done for a western digest sized mag in about 1972.....it was done in ink and dyes?....possibly marker?....i bought the issue about 10 years ago,on ebay....i'll try to dig it up from my files,and i'll send it to you to post here....i remember it to be sort of monochromatic in browns,and theres a guy with two guns....anyway,as soon as i dig it up i'll send it...best,brian....

brian postman said...

hey vince!....i found not 1 but 2 ALEX TOTH "real west" mags with his covers....one correction though....they are not digest sized,they are standard magazine sized and from 1972,and published by charlton....check your e-mail....im sending you scans...best,brian....