Vampirella #110 - Alex Toth art

Vampirella v1 #110, 1982 - Alex Toth illustrates his second back-up story featuring a 1930's mob hitman nicknamed the Torpedo. Each page strictly adheres to a grid of nine equally sized panels. The effect gives the feel of a newspaper strip from a much older era. The artist's drawings are more graphic than usual, but convey the plot with an almost minimalist clarity. The bottom of page six shows a compelling portrait of Torpedo: a single eye peers out from the deep shadow of his wide-brim hat. Toth's Torpedo stories seem unlikely inclusions for a long-running horror/fantasy magazine. Other artists this issue include Auraleon, Jose Gonzales, Paul Gillon, Esteban Maroto and Gonzalo Mayo. This is number 3 of 3 Vampirella issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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"Torpedo 1936" Toth story pencils and inks 8 pages (black and white) = ***

Alex Toth
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1 comment:

  1. By this time Toth had done a lot of storyboards for Hanna-Barbera. Perhaps this influenced his choices for drawing style and panel layout. Just a suggestion.