Alex Toth · Comics · Here, Read · Look Here

Look Here, Read: “Dirty Job,” with art by Alex Toth

From Our Army at War #241 (February 1972), here’s a four-page classic with story by Bob Haney and art by Alex Toth:

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I love how Toth uses the silhouetted panel that extends across the top of page three to provide variety within the six-panel grid while at the same time he cheekily reestablishes/reinforces the grid by breaking the panel into two halves, each framed by the structure of the building, with a support beam where the panel border/gutter would have been. And those word balloons — the tails all go the way from the visual foreground, where the text balloons reside, between and behind the silhouettes of Roman soldiers caught in the act of brutalizing the native population, and into a doorway in the background! It’s an audacious choice, but Toth makes it work!

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