Alex Toth Black Canary

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Alex Toth Black Canary art, 1972

Black Canary by Alex Toth from 1972

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Toth Art, 1972

By the 1960s, Alex Toth had developed a simplicity of approach (in his inking) that hid the complexity of his artwork beneath that easy-looking style on the surface. There are seven image "pairs" on this page, but Toth doesn't rely upon panel borders to keep them separate. Instead, just the repetition of the characters in similar poses is enough for the reader to easily follow each stage of the fight between the attacker and Black Canary. Border panels are important when a page needs to keep a mass of art, text and dialogue organized and easy to read. But, in this instance, with only a small amount of words on the page, Toth is able to energize his design with action and figure dynamics that doesn't have to fight against space limitations from dialogue balloons or narration text (because there hardly is any). The page is a lot more 'fun' and interesting because of this approach.

Adventure Comics #418, April 1972, Toth B&W Black Canary Page

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