Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Syd Hoff in College Humor, April 1938

Four full-page cartoons by Syd Hoff appeared in the April 1938 College Humor. If there's a theme here, it has got to be uncomfortable social situations. The first gag presents a scenario few would wish to come home to.
"Something wrong?"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1938, page 17

It's unusual to see Hoff completely omit the background in a College Humor cartoon. Perhaps this allows him to place more emphasis on his characters' personalities. Even against a blank backdrop, Hoff still manages to get in a variety of tones and interesting patterns.
"I'd like to marry your daughter—what the hell are you going to do about it?"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1938, page 32

If it's uncomfortable to think about having surgery today, imagine what it must have been like in 1938.
"I guess I'm all right all of a sudden!"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1938, page 42

Now here's a novel negotiating tactic.
"My partner wants a raise or he won't go on!"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol. 7, No. 4, April 1938, page 47

Note:  The April 1938 issue of College Humor is just one of over 5,600 periodicals to be found in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection at Columbia University. The collection is located in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library within the Butler Library and is accessible by the general public. Contact Curator for Comics and Cartoons Karen Green for details. I promise it will not be an uncomfortable social situation.

Careful readers may have surmised that cartoonist Syd Hoff is the current focus of Attempted Bloggery. I continue to seek scans or photos of original art by Syd Hoff art and of obscure published illustrations, gag cartoons, and other features. What the hell are you going to do about it?

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Syd Hoff, Cartoonist & Author It so happens that scans of two of today's cartoons from College Humor appear on the Syd Hoff website here. There's also a shadow boxing cartoon probably from a 1936 issue of the magazine that I haven't been lucky enough to find myself.

Syd Hoff's Wikipedia Entry

Syd Hoff on Ink Spill

Syd Hoff in Christopher Wheeler's Cartoon(ist) Gallery 

Syd Hoff in the collection of Syracuse University

Syd Hoff on Hairy Green Eyeball

Syd Hoff's proposed cover designs for Danny and the Dinosaur

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