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TothPix: Character Types and Body Language

Toth was awfully good at varying his character types, making them distinct, yet universal. And the body language he employed tells us more about each character and is integral to his visual storytelling. I captured and isolated a batch of images from his Romance comic, Undecided Heart (Intimate Love 21, 1953). At the time he drew this, he was 24.

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For the splash panel, Toth uses unorthodox positioning and clever overlap (above) to focus attention on the heroine, and to convey her distress.

Unwelcome potential suitors (below) - a great opportunity to design and draw interesting bit players. Just look at those face shapes and features!

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Sans glasses, and with a new hair do, Eve cleans up nicely. Toth trained early for these female profiles by tracing and copying his Mother's drawings.

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Snarky stud:UnHeart05

On the beach:UnHeart06

Glasses again:UnHeart07

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More bit players - face shapes and features!UnHeart08 UnHeart09

In a switcheroo later, this big doofus ends up being the slimeball of the piece:

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What's not to like about this bellhop kid?  I love everything about this drawing:

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Ain't that that truth?! More bits & pieces:

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And Eve ends up in lowly Chris's arms after all...

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