Sunday, June 04, 2006

Bits of Toth - Snerl

One final bit from Toth's history, as I'd decided I would continue this until there was mainstream coverage of his passing, which finally came with an AP wire story appearing all over the place today.

"Is a Snerl Human?" from ADVENTURE COMICS #431 is one of my favourite stories from both Toth and from writer Sheldon Mayer (a mentor of Toth back in the 1940s). They did two great stories together in the 1970s, and you can read Toth's notes about the other one here. This one is an odd little parable about a distant world where most forms of animal life have separated themselves from humans, and about the strange creature that emerges. I especially love Toth's very expressive animals, each with a certain elegance, but very much not humanized in any way (which would defeat the point of the story).

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