Creepy #125 - Alex Toth, Alex Nino art

Creepy v1 #125, 1981 - A traveling freak show arrives in a small rural town, where crowds immediately flock to see the twisted and bizarre. Alex Toth rarely inked other people's work, but here he supplies finishes over Carmine Infantino's pencils. There's enough similarity in styles to be compatible. Toth does tend to dominate, in this case clearly adding a disturbing dimension to the artwork. In Alex Nino's tale, a mobster makes a deal with a leprechaun, giving him control over 1930s Chicago. Despite his strong page and panel designs, his drawings are too distorted bordering on cartoonish. Given the story's theme and setting, the approach seems far off the mark. This is number 13 of 14 Creepy issues with Nino art and/or covers (not including reprints). Other artists in this issue include Martin Salvador and Alfredo Alcala. This is number 15 of 15 Creepy issues with Toth art and/or covers (not including reprints).
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"Circus of the Bizarre" Toth story inks (Carmine Infantino pencils) 5 pages (black and white) = ***
"Top Dog" Nino story pencils and inks 8 pages = **

Alex Nino
Alex Toth
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