Genius, Animated

Genius, Animated
By Dean Mullaney, Bruce Canwell and Alex Toth
Retail Price $49.99
Amazon Price: $36.96

Book Description: 

The Library of American Comics concludes its in-depth look at Alex Toth’s life and art with Genius, Animated. This companion volume to 2011’s award-winning Genius, Isolated and 2013’s Genius, Illustrated zooms in to focus on Toth’s groundbreaking contributions in the field of animation and features many rarely-seen or never-before-published pieces of art, much of it uncovered in the archives of Hanna-Barbera Studios! Featuring presentation illustrations for unsold series, character designs and storyboards for old favorites such as Space Ghost, SHAZZAN, and Superfriends, and work taken from both the beginning (Space Angel) and end (Bionic 6) of Toth’s “Saturday kidvid” career, this oversized artbook features observations from animation professionals about his work, plus Alex’s own commentary on the cartoon shows that shaped a generation. Genius, Animated is filled, cover-to-cover, with must-see material, making it essential reading for Toth-fans and animation enthusiasts alike.


Alexander Toth was an American cartoonist active from the 1940s through the 1980s and he died in 2006. His work began in the American comic book industry, but he is also known for his animation designs for Hanna-Barbera throughout the 1960s and 1970s. While something of an acquired taste, Toth is unquestionably one of the greatest artists in comic history. This is the third book in a series and like the first two, this volume is just chock full of art – one of the best gatherings of Toth are in these three volumes. The authors have successfully created a combination of prose and pictures, which meshes well.   While I’d recommend this book for any comics fan or scholar, for a Toth fan, it is an absolute must.

~Reviewed by Dave H.


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