I recently finished writing my notes and afterword for Crockett Johnson’s Barnaby, Volume Five: 1950-1952 (Fantagraphics, forthcoming 2023). When I opened up the “Afterword” document, I found a two-paragraph fragment chronicling a holiday that Crockett Johnson (whose friends called him by his given name, Dave) and Ruth Krauss took in 1950 or 1951. A decade
Syd Hoff (1912-2004) would have been 100 this year. Â As readers of this blog will know, I corresponded with Syd (here’s one letter & here’s another) while researchingÂ my biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss (coming this September)! In commemoration of Hoff’s centennial,Â Sarah Lazarovic has created a wonderful cartoon, based on Dina Weinstein’s exhibit at
Inspired by BoingBoing’s notice of my post on Syd Hoff’s leftist cartoons, I’m sharing another letter from the late Mr. Hoff, along with a cartoon from 1939.Â As those who remember his first letter to me might recall, he and I corresponded –Â and spoke over the phone a few times –Â when I was working on
To support President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 1944 re-election campaign, Syd Hoff, Crockett Johnson, Lynd Ward, Hugo Gellert, William Gropper, and fourteen other artists illustrated this booklet. The text is FDR’s speech made before the Teamsters Union on September 23rd, 1944 – also known as the “Fala speech,” since it features his dog, Fala. Here is
While he was contributing to the New Yorker as Syd Hoff, he was also contributing to the Daily Worker and New Masses as A. Redfield –Â the pseudonym he adopted for his radical work.Â The Ruling Clawss (Daily Worker, 1935) collects his cartoons originally published in the Communist daily.Â Contrary to what all published biographies (except
Meeting interesting people is one of the benefits of writing a biography. Â I never met Syd Hoff (1912-2004) in person, but we corresponded and talked on the phone in 2000. Â You may know Hoff as the author of Danny and the Dinosaur (1958) or as the creator of over hundreds ofÂ New Yorker cartoons. Â As A.