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Buster Crabbe v2 #2 - Alex Toth art & cover

Alex Toth
(The Amazing Adventures of) Buster Crabbe v2 #2, 1954Based on the popular actor, this is the second comic book series to tout his adventures. All three tales feature different genres. Alex Toth's science fiction-themed cover adequately reflects his first story inside: Buster accompanies a rocket scientist and his daughter to the moon, where they discover an alien plan to attack Earth. The drawings lose a bit of their luster due to Mike Peppe's inking, but this is largely offset by the terrific page and panel layouts (see interior page below). Toth illustrates a second tale, a western that involves an ex-con, hidden gold and a string of murders. The pencils and inks are markedly better, while maintaining a high level of sequencing and composition. Other artists in this issue include Mort Leav. This is number 1 of 2 Buster Crabbe issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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Toth cover pencils (Mike Peppe inks) = ***
"Dark of the Moon" Toth story pencils (Mike Peppe inks) 9 pages = ***
"Killer On the Loose" Toth story pencils (Mike Peppe inks) 8 pages = ***

Alex Toth
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