Friday, April 20, 2018

E. Simms Campbell and Syd Hoff Back to Back in Esquire, April 1937

A uniformed chauffeur betrays an inappropriate predilection for old world military pageantry in a somewhat clunky cartoon from the April 1937 Esquire. This was a time when German militarism was on the rise and about to engulf Europe and subsequently much of the world. It seems a messy vein to be mining for a cartoon in an American men's magazine, but then who among us has never wished for a little sprucing up? At the bottom right, one can just make out the signature of Esquire's top cartoonist, E. Simms Campbell.

"Positively not[,] Joseph—I thought we thrashed that out last year[.]"
E. Simms Campbell
Esquire, April 1937, page 58

On the opposite side of the page is a Syd Hoff cartoon about what police call disturbing the peace.
"See? It ain't no dog howling!"
Syd Hoff

Esquire, April 1937, page 57

Note:  E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971) is the object of this blog's current obsession, the most recent obsession having been devoted to cartoonist Syd Hoff (1912-2004). Attempted Bloggery will continue to survey the work of Campbell and will occasionally return to Hoff as well. Readers with access to original art or to rarely-seen published works by either of these artists may submit high-resolution scans or photographs to the blog.

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