Monday, November 14, 2016
Number 1971: Sierra Smith: Alex Toth tells the story
Like many artists who entered the comics field in the era he idolized comic strip artists Milton Caniff, Alex Raymond and Hal Foster. It is too bad he didn’t have a long-running comic strip of his own, but for some reason he was never syndicated.
Toth could be cranky and opinionated, but no one ever accused him of not being able to draw. He was also not shy about telling other artists what he thought of their work. On the subject of painted comic books his wikipedia entry quotes him: “. . .in a 2001 interview he criticized the trend of fully painted comics, saying ‘It could be comics if those who know how to paint also knew how to tell a story! Who knew what pacing was, and didn't just jam a lot of pretty pictures together into a page, pages, and call it a story, continuity! It ain't!’ Toth lamented what he saw as a lack of awareness on the part of younger artists of their predecessors, as well as a feeling that the innocent fun of comics’ past was being lost in the pursuit of pointless nihilism and mature content.” I sometimes did not agree with Toth, feeling sometimes he was being obdurate just for its own sake, but on that opinion I agree. I think this story is yet another example of Toth “telling it.”
From Dale Evans Comics #3 (1949). Story by Joe Millard.
Here is another Sierra Smith story. Just click on the thumbnail.