Bill Peckmann &Comic Art &Illustration 20 Sep 2012 05:24 am

Conan from Toth – 2

- Bill Peckmann offers a bevy of beautiful Alex Toth illustrations for Conan the Barbarian. Here are Bill’s comments for these incredibly fine illustrations:

    I haven’t seen many of these Toth illustrations on the Net, and I thought maybe the Toth fans out there might enjoy these.

    Here is Alex Toth in the early 1980′s taking a stab at the Sword and Sorcery genre and doing a ripping job of it. These are single page illustrations from Marvel’s black and white magazine, “The Savage Sword of Conan“. Alex is at the top of his game; design and drawing leave nothing to be desired. the assignment held his interest long enough so we came away the winners with these nine examples.


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That was the last of Alex’s Conan. He did a total of
10 illustrations for Marvel’s Conan, so we have all but one.


Here is a 1981 drawing of super heroes that Alex dedicated to Klaus Strzyz,
a fan, a friend and interviewer of Alex’s. The drawing was then made into a
handsome cover on Roy Thomas’ “Alter Ego’s” fanzine tribute to Toth in 2006.


This is the final cover for Roy Thomas’ 2006 “Alter Ego’s” tribute to Toth.

These are the covers of books and magazines that have collected the words and work of Alex. Hopefully for new fans they still might be available somewhere on the net or in used bookstores.

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The next two excellent books were authored and published by Toth fan and friend Manuel Auad. (Manuel was also responsible for the great, recent Robert Fawcett book and the forthcoming (October) book on illustrator Albert Dorne. The illustrator who still remains Jack Davis’ biggest idol!)

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Tipped in autographs for “Alex Toth: Black & White”.


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Alex and his wife/best friend Guyla in their Hollywood home in 1979.
They met at Hanna-Barbera and the rest is history.

Their marriage will be brought to life in the upcoming book “Alex Toth, Illustrated“,
second in the trilogy of Alex’s work, by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.


Vol 1 & 2 by Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell.
Now available on Amazon.

Many thanks to Bill Peckmann for all the scanning as well as the loan of the artwork.

6 Responses to “Conan from Toth – 2”

  1. on 20 Sep 2012 at 8:02 am 1.Jason McDonald said …

    Alex Toth was a master. Mullaney and Canwell’s book is a pure joy.

  2. on 20 Sep 2012 at 8:34 pm 2.James Madison said …

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. on 24 Sep 2012 at 3:55 pm 3.Chris said …

    I think those first two Conans are pretty bad, but everything else is stunning!

  4. on 27 Sep 2012 at 5:00 pm 4.The savage pen of Alex Toth | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment said …

    [...] Like a lot of kids who grew up reading┬áSavage Sword of Conan, I knew I liked the art, but wasn’t aware of how much true greatness Marvel’s black-and-white magazine packed into its pages. It wasn’t until later that I started paying attention to artists’ names and learned about people like Neal Adams, John Buscema and Walt Simonson. And it wasn’t until this week that I learned Alex Toth was one of the Savage Sword artists as well. The legendary cartoonist and animation designer drew ten pin-ups for the magazine, nine of which have turned up on the Michael Sporn Animation blog. See some highlights after the break (including a Justice Society piece too nice not to share) and the whole awesome gallery in the link. [...]

  5. on 28 Sep 2012 at 7:35 am 5.Web Arted Sep 28th|Comic Book Daily said …

    [...] JSA by Alex Toth. Source. [...]

  6. on 08 Nov 2013 at 11:32 am 6.John Hitchcock said …

    Many thanks for your efforts on Alex Toth and his wonderful work. I had never seen the Chomps layout material before and it was a treat.
    Thank, john

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