Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Adventure Comics #431 - Alex Toth art


Adventure Comics v1 #431, 1973 - With this issue, the Spectre takes over as the central feature. Controversial at the time, writer Michael Fleisher and artist Jim Aparo bring the character back to his disturbingly violent roots of the 1940s. Alex Toth's back-up tale, of a dystopian future where animals talk and reason, is tame by comparison. Drawn in thick expressionistic lines and heavy shadows, the artwork nonetheless is masteful in its pacing and storytelling. This is number 4 of 7 Adventure issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Is a Snerl Human?" Toth story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

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1 comment:

  1. That story, "What makes a snerl human" is a favorite of mine. A clever, funny story that ends with an ironic twist. And in particular, a favorite of mine from Toth.

    I wish you'd reproduced the whole story, since it's a short one, and really deserves a wide audience, via the internet.

    I also love a number of Toth's short stories for HOUSE OF MYSTERY, between about issues 180 to 200.

    I'm constantly amazed that in an era (the early 1970's) where printing and color standards were far less than now, and wages to writers and artists were way below what they are now, the stories were --and remain!-- so much more enjoyable than pretty much anything produced in the last 20 years or so.

    What a wonderful blast from the past.

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