Monday, September 26, 2011

Boris Karloff #5 - Alex Toth art


Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery v1 #5, 1963 - A group of typical suburban couples get together to dabble in black magic. As a ouija board spells out predictions, one of the wives begins behaving erratically. Interestingly, Alex Toth omits the typically thin lines that frame the panels, relying instead on thicker white borders separated by pale colors. The pages look a bit more varied without sacrificing clarity of sequence. Toth does a understated job overall, but the facial expressions of his characters (see interior page below) show a mastery of nuance and human emotions. This is number 1 of 1 Boris Karloff issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Possessed" Toth story pencils and inks 11 pages = ***

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