Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Syd Hoff in College Humor, February 1938

Three full-page gag cartoons by Syd Hoff were published in the February 1938 issue of College Humor. In the first, the butler Louis is caught with his pants down, and not just proverbially.
"I was rushing, madam!"
Syd Hoff
College Humor,
Vol. 7, No. 2, February 1938, page 17

This young woman surely knows she's worth the wait. Her beau would seem to agree. Syd Hoff provides some seasonal cartoon fare for College Humor.
"Did I keep you waiting?"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol. 7, No. 2, February 1938, page 32

Finally, what could be more amusing to the college-age crowd than learning that romance is problematic not only for the young? Syd Hoff was a 25-year-old newlywed when this was published, not much older than his target audience.
"I wish someone would take her out so we could be alone!"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol. 7, No. 2, February 1938, page 43

Note:  Can you guess who was the first blogger to look into the Steven Boss humor magazine collection, an incredible resource for the jocularly inclined? Come on, you should have no trouble with this one. The February 1938 issue of College Humor is just one of over 5,600 magazines to be found in this splendid collection located in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University. The Boss collection is open to the general public, even to serious people like me. Interested parties may access the collection by contacting Curator for Comics and Cartoons Karen Green.

Cartoonist Syd Hoff is the man of the hour here at Attempted Bloggery. I continue to seek scans or photos of original Hoff art and of little-known published works. His freelance cartoon art, published hither and yon outside of The New Yorker before he settled into children's books, deserves to be better known.

External Links:

Syd Hoff, Cartoonist & Author

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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Syd Hoff

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