GENIUS, ILLUSTRATED: Classic ALEX TOTH History to Be Re-Released

I missed out the first time. I will not miss out the second…

Among my interweb travels of late, I’ve learned that Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth — by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell — will finally be released in paperback in 2023 by IDW.

Dig this official description, from an Amazon listing:

Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth

Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell continue their comprehensive review of the life and art of Alex Toth in Genius, Illustrated. Covering the years from the 1960s to Toth’s poignant death in 2006, this oversized 9.5″ v 13″ book features artwork and complete stories from Toth’s latter-day work at Warren, DC Comics, Red Circle, Marvel, and his own creator-owned properties, plus samples of his animation work for Hanna-Barbera, Ruby-Spears, and others, as well as sketchbook pages, doodles, advertising art, and other rarities provided through the cooperation of Toth’s family and his legion of fans.

Two of Toth’s best stories are reproduced complete from the original artwork: “Burma Skies” and “White Devil…Yellow Devil.” A full-length text biography will chart the path from Toth’s increasingly-reclusive lifestyle to his touching re-connection to the world in his final years. Fans of comics, cartoons, and all-around great artwork revere Alex Toth. See why Genius, Illustrated — along with its companion volume, 2011’s Genius, Isolated — are being praised as the definitive examination of the life and art of The Master, Alex Toth.

Winner of the 2014 Eisner Awards for Best Comics-Related Book and Best Publication Design.

A few thoughts:

— Fab news! Almost any artist I talk to cites Toth as one of their enduring influences. He was truly an artist’s artist. And to be able to get this edition in affordable paperback is the bee’s knees.

— The 352-pager lists for $34.99. It is due March 7, 2023.

— This is actually the second volume in a three-part series. The first part, Genius, Isolated, will also be released in paperback — on Sept. 27, 2022. Also $34.99, it runs 328 pages.

— So, I suppose it’s just a matter of time until the third entry — Genius, Animated — gets a paperback release. Personally, that’s the one I’ve had my eye on for years. Cannot wait.


— 13 COVERS: An ALEX TOTH Birthday Celebration: 2022 EDITION. Click here.

— Bask in ALEX TOTH’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: A 2021 Birthday Celebration. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Have ’em all in Hardcover and they are constantly referenced. Beautiful books filled with amazing art and incredible insight into the mind of a genius.

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  2. Already have the set but this is happy news for those who don’t. My big wish is that DC gets with the program and issue a Toth collection too!

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  3. This is a really awesome piece of news. I know Alex Toth mostly for his work on Hanna-Barbera.

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  4. The Toth books are great. I have the set on my shelf, along with the other IDW volume called “Treasures Retold – The Lost Art of Alex Toth.” All are recommended.

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