Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Book Review: Feeling No Pain by Syd Hoff

Today cartoonist Syd Hoff would have been 100 years old. I really do like his work, particularly the cartoons for the New Yorker, Esquire, and other publications. These days I would imagine he is best known for the children's book Danny and the Dinosaur (1958).

Syd Hoff, Feeling No Pain , Cover


Syd Hoff, Feeling No Pain, Title Page

Syd Hoff, Feeling No Pain , Back Cover 


Feeling no pain: An album of cartoons (1944)
By Syd Hoff


As a cartoonist, Syd Hoff  brought a Bronx working-class sensibility to his gag drawings, something The New Yorker needed to balance out some of it's early humor about snooty society ladies and gentlemen. He published cartoons in many other venues as well.

His style was considered by some too similar to that of the great William Steig, but while I see perhaps some resemblance, I really don't think they can be readily mistaken for one another. Hoff had his own distinctive brand of humor and this 1944 collection presents what I think are some of his best gags.

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Syd Hoff: Finding Home Art Exhibition



Syd Hoff: How He Got Started



Syd Hoff - Cartoon Artist


Note:  For more on Syd Hoff, be sure to check out www.SydHoff.org.

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