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Alex Toth (American, 1928-2006)

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Birth Place: New York, NY USA

Biography:

Who is Comic Artist Alex Toth?

Alex Toth’s career spanned an incredible period in the evolution of comics. Beyond his contribution to DC Comics, Marvel, and others, his work for Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s and 1970s gave us some of the most iconic cartoons of the era. He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1990 and received an Inkpot Award in 1981. His work has found a whole new generation of fans thanks in large part to Adult Swim and their use of his animation in the series Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, and others. 

What is Comic Artist Alex Toth Famous For?

Initially, Alex Toth became famous for a number of DC comics he drew in the late 1940s and 1950s. His work on All Star Comics is best remembered for being when the Black Canary first joined the Justice Society of America. He also helped to introduce the dog Streak, a beloved pet of the Green Lantern that was eventually so popular he became a featured character in several of the comics. Later, he created the character Space Ghost for Hanna-Barbera. He would follow this up with The Herculoids and Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. This culminated in producing the series, Super Friends, a huge hit at the time. 

How Did Alex Toth Get Started?

Born to immigrants, Alex Toth got started in comics by starting at DC Comics in 1948, just one short year after graduating from the New York School of Industrial Art., an illustrator from the start, Troth’s work grew in demand. His bold, colorful characters were able to walk a fine line between adventure and comedy, making them extremely popular with children of that era. He would eventually parlay this same eye into a series of producing jobs for Hanna-Barbera in the 1960s and 1970s. 

What Comics Did Alex Toth Illustrate and Create?

Alex Toth illustrated The Green Lantern, All Star Comics, and The Flash during his time at DC comics. It’s funny then that it’s for his animation that Troth is now best-known. Besides creating the iconic Space Ghost, he also developed characters like Birdman and Dino Boy for the animation giant. He returned to DC comics in 1974 to write a Batman story for Detective Comics with Archie Goodwin. 

What Comic Characters Did Alex Toth Create?

Alex Toth created most of his famed characters for animation giant Hanna-Barbera. Best known among these was Space Ghost, a caped and masked vigilante who traveled the galaxy with his teen sidekicks and Blip the Monkey. It would later be used for the tongue-in-cheek animated late-night talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast. 

What Comic Book Publishers Did Alex Toth Work For?

For the majority of his career, Alex Toth worked for the comic book publisher DC. He also worked for the animation studio, Hanna-Barbera for much of the 1960s and 1970s, though he would never give up on comics entirely. He continued to write comics into the 1980s and 1990s. Famously, Alex Troth died in 2006, at the age of 77, in front of his drawing table. 

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