It would be an understatement to say Im astonished right now. I had seen the Setting the Standard: Comics by Alex Toth video a while ago, but I just checked out their Flickr set to see the actual pages and I am blown away.
This is hands down the best reproduction of any golden-age comic I have seen collected, ever. I think what Im so blown away with is that they kept the original printing process colors, rather than deciding to go ahead and digitally color it. Absolutely incredible! After seeing a book like this I wonder if we took a step backwards. For me a majority of the comics colored today look dull. While digital coloring has brought its benefits to the medium, it has also taken away some of the sensibilities comics had in the past. One of the things I enjoy about Toth’s comics are the colors, as I talked about In The Land Unknown. The colors are bold, expressive, as well as catchy. Everything is’nt colored realistically, one of the reasons I enjoy Jean Giraud’s Lt. Blueberry so much. We can learn from this, and I think we can all look to Fantagraphics and this book for how reproductions in the future should be done. This should be the new standard.
I’d also like to make a note that I will not be scanning anything recently published like this, as I’d rather have people go and buy the book. If anything, I will only scan panels, so don’t expect full stories from a book like this from me.
story by Denny O’Neil with art by Alex Toth, “Black Canary”
Joe Bloke at Grantbridge Street says it best here, “ from Adventure Comics # 418 - 419, it’s Alex Toth’s awesome take on DC’s bestest blonde bombshell. It’s Toth at his very best. And you will NEVER find a more perfect Black Canary strip. Anywhere. Check out page 4. Ouch! THIS is why the Canary rocks. 16 pages of perfect comic genious. Enjoy.”
All I have to add is I wish DC comics looked like this today.
Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been enjoying TOTHLOVE so far. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this, and have ended up finding more about Toth than I ever thought I would. If you have any comments or suggestions let me know! They’re more than welcome. I think sometime soon Im going to do more of his model sheets. I hope you’ll enjoy them. Im glad to see that theres more Toth on Tumblr now. Before this blog I had hardly seen any of his work on here,and I’ve found that this is one of the best websites for people to find unknown or new work. Thanks again for following everyone. TELL YOUR FRIENDS! REBLOG! SPREAD THE TOTHLOVE!