Tags Matching: Alex Toth

Covers I Love: You Scream, I Scream…

Posting about Torpedo the other day made me wonder if I could hunt down any original Alex Toth art from his brief run as artist for it on the ‘bay. Well, I couldn’t find any of that, but I did find one for the Covers I Love file:

Human ice cream has always been a crap shot when it comes to being horrifying and not just silly. The Stuff, the Masters of Horror episode where Beecher from Oz was haunted by a clown that turned people to ice cream… but this Toth art legitimately is a creep giver.

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Do you recognize this face?

If not, then that means you haven’t checked out IDW’s awesome, English translated collections of the Spanish crime comic Torpedo, aka Torpedo 1936, which is notable not only for it’s black humor and violence, but for having it’s first two issues drawn by comics legend Alex Toth, who was replaced by the Kubert-ish Jordi Bernet after leaving due to disagreeing with the series dark tone.

Torpedo is the quintessential noir anti-hero: a hit man with zero redeeming qualities. He abuses his sidekick, he kills almost every one he meets, he abuses and rapes women (who almost always fall for him after, weird), and betrays his partners with impunity every stretch of the way. Basically every story is a variation on some combination of those themes, but they’re always enjoyably cold blooded. If you’re a crime and noir buff who also loves comics like me, this’ll be right up your alley.

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