Alex Toth has got to be one of the very few animators and comic book artists I was aware of by name at an early age. I wouldn't say I could spot his style right away, but I did notice his name in the credits of Hanna-Barbera action cartoons (reruns, not original broadcasts). Even as a wee kid, I noticed that comic strips pretty well always had the same (credited) credits, but cartoons and comics had different directors, writers and artists. It was probably in a Gold Key or Hot Wheels or other DC comic where I noticed Toth's name as an artist and might have read about his working in animation...or maybe I really became even more aware of him as SuperFriends started up. What I can really recall being distinctively attracted to were the Toth drawn Eclipso story reprints in DC 100 page spectaculars.
Even though I didn't have the same tastes in comic art as a kid as I do now, Toth was probably always a favorite of mine without my really realizing it, but he wasn't as prolifically outputting comics wise then as Gil Kane, John Buscema, John Romita and others I was following as favorites. Over the years, I got more into Toth and bought back issues and reprints of comics with his art and the Eclipse Zorro trades. As the Alex Toth (by Kitchen Sink), By Design, Black and White and One For the Road books came out, I got to appreciate Toth more and more and have considered him as one of my all time favorite artists and main influences for many years now.
I had read of Toth's health problems recently and was surprised and saddened but not shocked to read he had passed away this past weekend. He may not have been as new art visible as we would have liked, but it was always a pleasure to see his letters and doodles in some comics and Alter Ego and other magazines and to read about him on the website (which I never got around to checking out often enough) over the past several/few years. Hopefully, more reprints and sketchbooks of Toth art will be forthcoming.
My condolences to Toth's family and friends and to my fellow fans. He was one of the true masters of animation and cartoon/comicing.
I know Toth is supposed to be pronounced like both, but I still verbally and mentally pronounce it like moth.