Space Ghost designer dies

Alex Toth, the influential artist who gave Zorro and Space Ghost their distinctive looks, died of heart failure on May 27, at age 77. Toth was reportedly at his drawing table in his Burbank home when he passed away.

Toth began drawing comics in the 40s, working on the DC titles Green Lantern, Zorro, and Dr. Mid-Nite. In the late 1960s, Toth worked on the Saturday morning TV cartoon version of DC's Super Friends. It was during this time Toth helped develop the characters of Space Ghost and Jonny Quest.

Both Space Ghost and Jonny Quest are remembered fondly by superhero and cartoon lovers the world over. Jonny Quest told the story of kid adventurer Jonny Quest and his sidekick Haji as they constantly uncovered dastardly plots to take over the world. Space Ghost featured the title character fighting the evil Zorak, a praying mantis-type alien who was bent on galactic domination.

The Space Ghost character was resurrected by Cartoon Network as a tongue-in-cheek late-night talk show called Space Ghost Coast to Coast. On the show, Ghost's arch enemy Zorak stars as a kvetching sidekick.

Toth himself hated violence and frequently had misgivings about the violent nature of comic books. Mr. Toth is survived by four children.

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how sad
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Very sad. I don't know what I'd do without Space Ghost, Cartoon Planet and the Brak Show. They all wouldn't be here without him.



Thank you Alex, R.I.P.
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I'm old enough to remember SPACE GHOST as a weekly Saturday morning TV show. The premiere episode? Rescuing Jace from where a molten lava-monster caused him to crash the space coupe on Jupiter! At the time, it was the action and the fast-paced music that contributed to my loving it. In my college years, it was a color-TV allowing me to see those great artistic backgrounds! Who cares if NASA had proved outer space really isn't sky-blue? It still made for nice visuals, like when Space Ghost and the others were surrounded by his force-field while Metallis' killer robot-ships fired away at them (in vain). Sure, there were other animators who helped out in that regard. But, Alex Toth was their boss, and it showed. Especially, when Space Ghost did those dramatic, Batman-like poses. Awesome! In short? R.I.P., Mr. Toth. And, thank you for all my fond memories of the superheroic Sixties.
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It's ashame this happend.
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Bummer.



What a legacy he left behind though...
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Sorry to hear he passed away.

I grew up watching his shows. I used to love watching "Space Ghost" and "Jonny Quest" when I was a kid. I enjoyed Superfriends too.
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dexter111344, why are you such a d-bag.
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Now that's a damn shame, how less timely can you get?
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Taking into account that his style helped influence Bruce Timm's designs for the original 1990's Batman cartoon, which has since gone on to spawn multiple spin-offs in said style, his contribution to animation was certainly far reaching.
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;_;
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Why did it take 10 days after his death for TV.com to mention this?
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