Alex Toth was born 25 June 1928
in New York City
. He was an only child
, and started drawing at a young age to pass the time. Inspired by his mother's drawings, comics
, and radio
adventure shows, and encouraged by a junior high teacher, Alex drew pictures for the stories he heard on the radio. He studied illustration at the High School of Industrial Arts, and received paid assignments for "Famous Funnies" and "Heroic Comics" before he was out of high school.
After graduation, he was hired by DC Comics in 1947. There he did "Dr. Mid-Nite", "Atom" and "Green Lantern". He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954, and while stationed in Japan drew a comic for the base newspaper, for which he earned an All-Army award. After coming back to the US in 1956, he worked for Dell Comics doing comic book adaptations of TV shows such as "Zorro," and after that at Hanna-Barbera cartoons. There he worked off and on for years until about 1982, when he says he tired of their "ever-diminishing standards and strange new dictums and people and attitudes." He still works in comics and animation, though.
Through the years he's done westerns, horror, detective stories, romances, and superheroes. He's worked on characters such as Jonny Quest, the Super Friends, Josie and the Pussycats, Space Ghost, and the Herculoids, and had his work praised by people "from Will Eisner to Jim Steranko to Frank Frazetta."