Hot Wheels v1 #1, 1970 - Based on Mattel's Hot Wheels toys, this series was perfectly suited for car enthusiast Alex Toth. Each page is meticulously laid out for clarity and efficiency. Most of the racing scenes live within long horizontal panels for maximum effect. A double-page spread lets the reader witness a car crash from the safety of the bleachers. Despite all the action, there are poignant moments as well, such as a young boy's promise to his dad against a dusk-like setting (see interior page below). Toth's sometimes harsh graphic lines have been tempered by Dick Giordano's sensitive inks. This is number 1 of 5 Hot Wheels issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or Hot Wheels issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist or Toth's alternate cover.
- - - - - - - - - - Toth cover pencils (Dick Giordano inks) = *** "Wipe Out at Le Mans" Toth story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 23 pages = ***
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