Vampirella #90 - Alex Toth art, mis-attributed Alex Nino art

Vampirella v1 #90, 1980 - Located midway through the issue, a Pantha back-up tale has the unusual distinction of having inks by Alex Toth. Over the decades, the artist inked his own pencils but rarely inked others. Penciller Leo Duranova generally does a good job and interestingly, the pages are very Toth-like in their layout and pacing. The opening splash introduces the characters in an evening setting, their faces and figures lit by an outside streetlamp. It is strikingly beautiful in its division of light and shadow. The end result is an effort heavily dominated by Toth but to the story's ultimate benefit. No Alex Nino art, despite what some comic book price guides say. The artist's work does appear in five other issues of Vampirella. Other artists in this issue include Rudy Nebres and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 1 of 3 Vampirella issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Eye of Anubis" Toth story inks (Leo Duranova pencils) 12 pages (black and white) = ***

Alex Toth
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