Alex Toth fans are probably well aware of his work on DC's Johnny Thunder character in the 1950s. I am not that familiar with DC's western heroes, outside of Tomahawk and Super Chief. But here is a unique cover featuring both Gil Kane and Toth on the inks.
All Star Western #122, published in 1951. A real Zorro vibe to this cover. On the surface, it looks like Toth did the whole thing. You've got to want to buy this comic just based on the cover, a cowboy like Johnny Thunder using a fencing sword instead of a gun to rescue that girl behind him.
I recently found the cover pencils on Heritage Comics. Here you can see it was a fully pencilled Gil Kane cover. This is interesting in a number of ways. You can see early on in his career, Kane was really all about drawing action in a very fluid manner, a trademark of his style that lasted decades. Now I am wondering, was he influenced in this style by Toth? Also, note the way he added the shadows with very detailed pencils, something that I don't recall seeing in Kane's 70s covers.
After Toth added the inks, the faces of the figures were transformed into his signature look. I wonder if these two worked on other western covers?
I did a quick search to see what history these men had together, and from what I read on Comic Book Resources forum, it wasn't an easy relationship. Nuff Said!