Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Syd Hoff in College Humor, May 1937

Cartoonist Syd Hoff offers the College Humor reader of May 1937 questionable advice on How to Win Her, but also unexpected advice on How to Lose Her. Thus all bases are covered and the two contradictory objectives are published on facing pages. Try these out—at your own risk.

How to Win Her
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol 5, No. 1, May 1937, page 30

How to Lose Her
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol 5, No. 1, May 1937, page 31

Hoff's single-panel gag cartoon in the issue features his recurring butler character at his best.
"Have you an appointment?"
Syd Hoff
College Humor, Vol 5, No. 1, May 1937, page 41

Note:  Some 5,600 periodicals make up the Steven Boss humor magazine collection, including the May 1937 number of College Humor excerpted here. The collection is kept in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University and is available to the humor-loving public. To arrange a visit, contact Curator for Comics and Cartoons Karen Green. Me, I plan to just send my butler.

These three pages of cartoon art by Syd Hoff have never been seen on the internet so far as I know, but now they will be reposted and shared and should remain available to all for the foreseeable future. Attempted Bloggery is eager to receive additional scans or photographs of original art by Hoff as well as rare published gag cartoons, illustrations, and advertisements. The whereabouts of Hoff's original Café Society mural are currently unknown, but if you've had the extraordinary luck to spot an oil on canvas featuring a man in a jazz club dancing in his pajamas, you could help to shed light on a great mystery.

External Links:

Syd Hoff, Cartoonist & Author

Syd Hoff's Wikipedia Entry

Syd Hoff on Ink Spill

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

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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