Saturday, April 22, 2017

This is War #6 - Alex Toth art

This is War v1 #6, 1952 - Alex Toth's two stories for this issue are an interesting study of contrasts. The first, a war correspondence tale during the Korean War, lacks the grittiness of regular war comics. Inked by John Celardo, the linework feels a little too simplistic. On the opening page, Toth cleverly uses a correspondence note as the story title, but the typography lacks dramatic punch. The second story, featuring two army cooks, shows a superb pairing of pencils and inks. Toth inks the second tale himself, distributing lights and darks in more aesthetically pleasing patterns. Other artists in this issue include Rocco Mastroserio. This is number 2 of 3 This is War issues with Toth art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Toth or This is War issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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"Routine Patrol" Toth story pencils (John Celardo inks) 5 pages = **
"Too Many Cooks " Toth story pencils and inks 5 pages = ***
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This is War v1 #6 standard comic book page art by Alex Toth
Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
Four Color #1066
Crime and Punishment v1 #68 golden age crime comic book cover art by Alex Toth
Crime and Punish. #68
Adv. Comics #419


  1. I don't know f I would call Celardo's inking 'cleaner'. Cleaner than the usual war story, but that could be Toth's contribution as well. Oddly, John Celardo is thought to be the 'dirtier' of th inkers Mike Sekowsky used in the mid fifties on his Toth-like war stories and some of the crime stuff he did for Sterling.

  2. Did Toth letter the second story too? Looks reminiscent of Noel Sickles on Scorchy Smith.

  3. The letter "s" is treated the same way on both stories, but hard to say overall. Anyone else want to share an opinion?