Saturday, October 29, 2016

Creepy #78 - Alex Toth, Wally Wood art

Creepy v1 #78, 1976 - Set during the silent film era, Alex Toth chronicles a day in the life of a famous actor (in the mold of Harold Lloyd). Quiet and introspective, Mr. Boone does his extremely dangerous stunts with suspicious ease. Augmented by gray washes, Alex Toth's drawings are meticulously designed. While his layouts vary, the artist cleverly employs repetitive panels on page 4 to replicate the cinematic experience (see interior page below). Although brief, the story is among Toth's more memorable pieces from the bronze age. Wally Wood provides inks to John Severin's pencils on "Creep", a tale of a typical businessman turned serial killer. Unfortunately, Wood's handiwork is nowhere to be seen. Perhaps a mis-attribution? Other artists in this issue include Martin Salvador. This is number 1 of 15 Creepy issues with Toth art and/or covers (not including reprints). See today's posts or more Toth or Creepy issues. See also this blog's Toth checklist.
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"Unreal" Toth story pencils and inks 6 pages (black and white) = ****
"Creeps" Wood story inks (John Severin pencils) pages (black and white) = *
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Alex Toth
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More Toth posts:
My Greatest Adv. #77
House of Mystery #149
Jet Fighters v1 #5 standard war comic book cover art by Alex Toth
Jet Fighters #5

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