Saturday, January 20, 2018

Syd Hoff: People You Could Murder

The feature is called People You Could Murder. You have the means. You have the motive. You have the opportunity. And no jury would convict. Allow cartoonist and defense counsel Syd Hoff to illustrate:

Syd Hoff
 People You Could Murder
The American Magazine, September 1946, page 75

Note:  I am much obliged to Dick Buchanan for providing us with this unpremeditated scan. Dick's ready-made alibi, not that he needs one, is that he's hard at work scanning the storied Dick Buchanan Cartoon Clip Files. When he's not doing that, he contributes regularly to Mike Lynch Cartoons, most recently a post entitled, "From the Dick Buchanan Files: William Steig Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1965." That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Doing forty to life? Even if you aren't, you probably still have enough time to brush up on cartoonist Syd Hoff. Visit the Syd Hoff website here including The American Magazine page here, Ink Spill here, or Christopher Wheeler's Cartoon(ist) Gallery here. Syd Hoff was just turning 34 when this guilty little pleasure was published.

Dick believes People You Could Murder was a recurring series that may have appeared in The American Magazine throughout 1946. I have no independent recollection, but I do know there's a lot more fine work out there. Attempted Bloggery
 is ready to pass judgment on your scans or photos of original art by Syd Hoff as well as published rarities (gag cartoons, illustrations, advertisements, and recurring features) not otherwise available to law-abiding citizens. Needless to say, other installments of People You Could Murder would be welcomed, no questions asked.

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