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TothPix: The Land Unknown

A main feature of the ongoing TothPix blog, The Land Unknown is a 14-part analysis and exploration of a single Alex Toth story, his adventure comic adaptation of the B-movie of the same name. It appeared in Dell Four Color 845, in 1957.


For this series, 119 images were prepared (scanned, cleaned, enhanced & cropped), special attention paid to drawing, composition, storytelling, design and color. To mix things up, and to avoid being pedantic, I varied the approach to the text and presentation, based in part on my whims and as dictated by the story, art and available resources. I hope as a whole the series isn't disjointed, then.

Here's a handy set of links to access and skip around any of the separate 15 parts: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10Part 11Part 12Part 13Part 14Closing Thoughts

Alex Toth was 29 when he drew this 32-page story. What I'd taken as an okay piece with some great spots is actually one of his best projects of the '50s. Long time Toth friend and fan, John Hitchcock wrote recently on a fan forum,
"Of all of Toth's Dell stories, Land Unknown was one of his favorites. About twenty-six years ago, I asked him to sign my copy. He wrote, 'This is one of my pets.'"
Now, buckle up, and enter...


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