Influential comic-book artist and animator Alex Toth died of heart failure at the age of 77 on May 27 at his home in Burbank, Calif. Having worked on such DC comics as Green Lantern, Zorro and Hot Wheels, Toth moved on to animated television in the late ’60s with such Saturday morning kids’ shows as Space Ghost, Jonny Quest and Super Friends.
The Manhattan-born Toth was mentored in high school by Milton Caniff, creator of creator of Terry and the Pirates, an action-adventure comic strip that ran from 1934 to 1946, and Steve Canyon, which was syndicated until shortly after his death in 1988.
Toth was hired by DC Comics editor Sheldon Mayer in 1947 and moved to California in the late ’50s. In the late ’70s, he created the character Jesse Bravo, who appeared in the comic book Bravo for Adventure. By that time, however, Toth had become fed up with the increasing level of violence in comic books and had begun creating storyboards for Hanna-Barbera. He was reportedly at his drawing board when he died.