Tuesday, June 06, 2006

WENN: 'Space Ghost' Animator Dies

Celebrated animator and cartoonist Alex Toth, the mastermind of classic TV adventure series Space Ghost, has died at his drawing board. He was 77. Toth had been suffering ill health for many years, and died at his home in California last Monday. His long career was dominated by his work for former cartoon network Hanna Barbera, where he collaborated on a string of hit shows including The Challenge of the Super Friends, Jonny Quest and The Herculoids. Paul Levitz, president and publisher of DC Comics, says, "The work he did at (Hanna Barbera) touched more lives than anything else he had done. He found ways to take characters like Superman from their more complicated printed form into a simpler form for animation that still held on to their power and majesty."

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