7 thoughts on “Look Here, Read: “No Love for Me,” with art by Alex Toth

  1. This is one of my two favorite Toth romance stories (the other being “Hide Your Love”). Fantastic from beginning to end! Thanks for posting; I never tire of Toth.


  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment, David. Toth’s romance comics remain readable because he always makes intelligent choices in his breakdown and framing of events in the scripts he was given to illustrate. That close-up panel on page two of Diane clutching the note from her father is especially daring, I think; same goes for the second panel on page one, the third on page three, the second on page six, the first on page seven, etc. And it’s not just a matter of showing off. Toth’s choices are always motivated by the content — action, emotion, themes, etc. — of the story.

    For those who are unfamiliar with the story, “Hide Your Love,” which David mentions in his comment, I posted scans here at RCN back on 03 March 2011:

    Look Here, Read: “Hide Your Love,” with art by Alex Toth


  3. That link doesn’t work for me, David. All I get is an error message:

    “The page isn’t redirecting properly”

    But I’m pretty sure I read Toth’s commentary on those pages back when it was first posted. Don’t remember exactly what he said, though. I do know, however, that I don’t always agree with Old Man Toth’s criticism of Young Man Toth’s work.


  4. Thanks for the fix! I don’t always agree either, but it’s just fascinating to see the reason for the choices he made.


  5. Yeah, the page two commentary is a keeper. It’s a pity that Old Man Toth runs out of steam after that. Toth had very interesting ideas about when to reveal and when to obscure or hold back facial expressions, which he touches on both in that commentary and elsewhere. And he really did put theory into practice. But very few people have tried to read Toth in light of Toth’s own ideas about staging action… though I do remember a rather lengthy discussion of “The Glory Boys” on the old tcj.com message board where an attempt was made…


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