A BIRTHDAY SALUTE in 13 COVERS…
NOTE FROM DAN: The late, great Alex Toth was born 95 years ago and this year we’ve got two tributes to one of comics’ finest artists. Dig the piece below by Peter Bosch and click here for Paul Kupperberg’s companion piece. Right on.
By PETER BOSCH
It seems that no matter what time period you look at in the life of Alex Toth (June 25, 1928 — May 27, 2006), you can see magnificence in his art. Previous 13th Dimension birthday salutes have naturally focused on his superhero-drawing days, but I also enjoy when he was drawing DC Western comics, particularly with a good guy that he and Robert Kanigher co-created, Johnny Thunder.
Now this isn’t the Johnny Thunder with the Cei-U Thunderbolt. This Johnny Thunder made his debut on the cover of All-American Comics #100, which was released in June 1948, making this month both the 75th anniversary of the Western hero and Toth’s 95th birthday.
Below is a mixture of 13 COVERS AND PAGES for you to enjoy. All interior story pages are written by Kanigher:
— PAUL KUPPERBERG: My 13 Favorite FOUR COLOR COMICS Drawn by ALEX TOTH. Click here.
— Bask in ALEX TOTH’s JUSTICE LEAGUE: A Birthday Celebration. Click here.
13th Dimension contributor-at-large PETER BOSCH’s first book, American TV Comic Books: 1940s-1980s – From the Small Screen to the Printed Page, has just been published by TwoMorrows. He has written articles and conducted celebrity interviews for various magazines and newspapers. Peter lives in Hollywood.