Legendary Cartoonist Alex Toth Dead at 77

Sat, May 27th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

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Jonah Weiland, Executive Producer/Publisher

According to a posting on the official Alex Toth Web site, the legendary artist/designer has passed away. He was 77.

Born on June 25th, 1928 in New York City, Toth is known for his work as a designer and creator of a number of comics and animated properties. Probably his best known creations to the public at large were for Hanna Barbera, where in the '60s and '70s he designed much loved creations like Space Ghost, Josie and the Pussycats, The Herculoids and the Super Friends. His design influence is still felt today as many of those early cartoons have been reappropriated for new shows on Cartoon Network's Adult Swin, such as the popular "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast" and "Sea Lab 2021."

Toth's oldest son Eric said Saturday evening his father passed away early Saturday morning while sitting at his drawing table. No further details were available, but Eric did note that an appropriate memorial panel may be planned at this summer's Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Eric Toth said, "…all of your cards and letters of the recent past were very much appreciated by my father. Only in these last years did he begin to understand and accept the fact that his work had touched so many people's lives."

All of us here at CBR offer our most sincere condolences to the Toth family on their loss.

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