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Alex Toth, June 25, 1928 – May 27, 2006

May 30th, 2006 · No Comments · Art, Misc.

I returned from vacation yesterday to find that the great Alex Toth passed away on Saturday.

R.I.P. Alex Toth

Toth was largely responsible for the design of many of the most memorable cartoons of the 1960s, 70s and early 80s. I’m just old enough to have caught the latter portion of some of the classic Hanna-Barbera shows that bore his distinct visual style. As a kid, I spent many Saturday mornings watching the Toth-designed Superfriends and reruns of Jonny Quest, Space Ghost and Herculoids were always a treat when you could catch them.

For modern audiences, Toth’s work is likely familiar via Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” line-up, where many of Toth’s creations have enjoyed new life in updated, adult-themed shows (though I have to wonder what Toth - who once criticized pursuit of “mature content” in today’s cartoons and comics - thought of the irreverent and often crude alterations that were made to his work).

Perhaps more importantly, Toth established a style and quality of work as a designer that inspired many of the greatest animated programs of recent years. Bruce Timm has regularly credited Toth as a guiding influence for his design of the various “Diniverse” programs that ran for nearly 15 years starting in the early 90s.

Alex Toth was a great artist and a powerful influence on many generations of fans and artists alike.

Fittingly, he died where spent so much of his life - at his drawing board.

R.I.P. Alex Toth

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